UK Prime Minister Theresa May also said sanctions pressure on North Korea must continue until denuclearization takes place adding that full implementation of existing resolutions must be taken by North Korea’s “neighbors”.
He had said it is an “outrage” that some nations would not only trade with a regime like North Korea, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.
Diplomacy has stalled following Kim’s vague promise at the Singapore summit to work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for USA security guarantees.
Asked if that would be before the end of the year, he replied: “Yes”.
Moon shared with Trump the outcomes of this month’s inter-Korean summit, which included Kim’s reiteration of his commitment to completing denuclearisation, the White House said.
US President Donald Trump signed a revised free trade agreement with South Korea, cementing the first bilateral trade deal of his administration.
“If I wasn’t elected”, Trump said, “you’d be in a war”.
Pyongyang should first demonstrate willingness to give up its nuclear arsenal.
At the United Nations on Wednesday morning, Trump told reporters that the timing and location of his next summit with Kim would be announced in the “very near future”. As the Brookings Institution’s Korea expert, Jung Pak, tweeted September 19: “We should recognize that 13 years ago, they agreed to far bigger concessions”.
The Trump administration doesn’t trust North Korea’s promises that it’s committed to denuclearization. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles…
Washington has always refused to give North Korea the title of nuclear power. Moreover, Kim has made clear he thinks more tests aren’t needed for his intercontinental ballistic missile program. “I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment”.
Trump praised Kim as “very open” and “terrific”, despite the glacial pace of progress toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Even so, some USA officials worry that South Korea’s eagerness to restore relations with the North could reduce sanctions pressure on Kim’s government, hampering efforts to negotiate a nuclear accord. Withdrawal of 28,000 USA troops from South Korea is one of the key demands of North Korea. They say the North will never relinquish the weapons that are the only way to make to make sure the Kim family dynasty lives on. Pakistan conducted major nuclear tests in 1998 and has managed to keep a large nuclear arsenal, despite intense U.S. and global pressure.
South Korea wasn’t at the table because then-President Syngman Rhee didn’t want to stop at the 38th Parallel.
Kim also is seeking security guarantees and ejecting the USA from the peninsula has been a long-held goal of North Korea and its communist ally China. He said that a good progress was being made in respect to North Korea. That war ended in 1953 with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty. “He likes me, I like him, we get along”, Trump said. USA officials hope the prospect of progress overshadows other vexing issues on the table this week in NY. At that point, the president may revert to aggressive rhetoric and threats.
The president credited his June summit with Kim in Singapore for the progress, adding that the dictator’s regime has ended its nuclear testing, dismantled certain military facilities and set free USA hostages.