Just hours after returning from his summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump was quick to take cheap shots at the very institution that helped make America great. And that’s not all.
Experts say that the North could possibly bring up the issue of halting joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S., as Trump said he would halt “expensive and provocative” joint war games with South Korea after his summit.
On Twitter, in letters and in person with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, Donald Trump made clear his belief that the fate of North Korea hinges on a personal relationship between the two men.
“We have big teams ready to go”.
“Trump has pursued what he calls a “maximum pressure” campaign” against Pyongyang to force it to give up its nuclear weapons. Although Trump before the summit had insisted on “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearization, the deal he signed with Kim made no mention of those last two conditions.
Also missing: basics such as a timetable for Mr Kim to give up his weapons, verification procedures or even a mutual definition of denuclearisation.
“Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, ” Mount said. “They signed a broad political understanding while leaving the details for expert negotiations to follow”. The hostages are back home with their families.
But Victor Cha, a former U.S. pointman on North Korea, gave Trump more credit, writing in The New York Times: “Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war”.
“It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated”.
“I brought it up absolutely and they are going to be working on that”, Trump said.
During his post-summit press conference, Trump admitted that he may be wrong about Kim’s willingness to denuclearize.
Trump acknowledged to Stephanopoulos that the path ahead remained foggy.
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who wrote the sense of the Senate resolution, said he is concerned Trump might try to limit troop numbers on the Korean peninsula, which he warned would play right into China’s desires to have an unchallenged presence in the region.
“The Trump-Kim summit was no doubt an epochal event”.
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The presentation bemused those of us packed into the press hall – we thought at first it was North Korean propaganda. If they do, then all kudos to them.
In a 2014 report, United Nations investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in prison labour camps in North Korea.
“It’s weird but it might be that Kim Jong-un’s interests and Donald Trump’s interests align”.
Speaking the day after an unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo told reporters in Seoul negotiations on Pyongyang’s atomic arsenal could move forward quickly and would take place “most certainly in the president’s first term”. “We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and half years”.
A key Trump ally, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, appeared to acknowledge the success of North Korea’s model in an interview after the summit concluded.
Pompeo sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the USA came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations.