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United States aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years: Pompeo

14 June 2018

He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

And today, that has led to different interpretations of what the two sides agreed to - whether North Korea will fully denuclearize, how quickly and whether it will allow global observers to verify those steps.

President Trump also promised to stop what he referred to as "war games", the joint military exercises that the US and South Korean engage in yearly.

On South Korea-US joint military drills, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that it is a matter for the South Korea-US alliance and it should be coordinated between the allies' military authorities.

And given the size and scope of Pyongyang's program, will Trump also demand an agreement with them include the removal of all nuclear weapons material, including research, development, and raw materials, and does not include any "sunset clauses" on the resumption of enrichment work?

Democratic critics in the United States said the agreement was short on detail and the Republican president had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programs and is widely condemned for human rights abuses.

"I don't know exactly what form that will take, but I'm very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement". "Pyongyang will use this language to portray itself as a nuclear power, entitled to neglect its disarmament commitments just like the other nuclear powers". South Korea's Defense Ministry says there have been no discussions yet on modifying the drills, which usually take place in August.

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"Any improvement I think in the bilateral relationship for the US and North Korea, China could potentially see as a loss for China", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. The Facts: Trump is wrong to suggest North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.

North Korean seafood - a lucrative specialty export - is already beginning to appear in Chinese markets, and Chinese firms are reportedly beginning to re-employ North Korean laborers, said Sue Mi Terry, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and Korea specialist.

Following the summit on Tuesday, a joint statement between the two leaders also revealed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and officials from the North would follow up on negotiations "at the earliest possible date".

"No, I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth, because look, whether you're semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, that can't be a positive feeling", Trump said.

"It's in the statement". You're just wrong about that.

"Let me assure you that "complete" encompasses verifiable in the minds of everyone concerned". Moscow and Beijing have long pushed a plan known as "freeze-for-freeze", referring to a halt to USA military maneuvers alongside a freeze in North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

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Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign minister said at a briefing with her US counterpart that US military presence on the Korean peninsula will remain a key deterrent despite a turnaround from tensions in the US-North Korean relationship.

Tokyo has reacted with concern at Trump's plans to cancel military exercises with South Korea, saying such drills are vital for East Asian security.

This has been taken to indicate that the United States would grant concessions to Pyongyang along the way. "Kim Jong Un's never been elected to anything".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will personally brief South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the outcome of the historic U.S.

Trump announced Tuesday at a news conference in Singapore that he and Kim had reached an agreement on North Korea's denuclearization, although the text of that agreement was light on details, including a timeline for that process and how verification would work.

"I'm very grateful that President Trump is trying diplomacy as oppose to military action because that's was what his first take was", said Gillibrand. Trump agreed to halt U.S.

"I was shocked when he called the exercises 'provocative, ' a very unlikely word to be used by a USA president", the official said. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.

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China's role on the Korean peninsula has, meanwhile, been re-energised.

United States aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years: Pompeo