Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Kim Jong Un got lots to brag about from summit — AP Analysis

Kim Jong Un got lots to brag about from summit — AP Analysis

In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of effect.

Any reduction in tensions on its doorstep is welcome for China, North Korea's closest ally, which accounts for around 90 percent of Pyongyang's trade. "One can only chuckle at Trump's statement that now he will seek a meaningful agreement with Iran, because if a meaningful agreement means accords of the type reached at the festival organized by the two leaders in Singapore, Khamenei needn't worry". Below is an abridged transcript.

In one photo on the summit coverage front page, Trump was featured gesturing the way forward for Kim Jong-un, while four of the eight photos on the front page featured them shaking hands.

However, as reported by Firstpost on Tuesday, North Korea has been no stranger to reneging on its promises. Trump appears to have resolved the immediate threat of war and cast himself as a peacemaker.

Although human rights was not included in the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the U.S. president said he raised the issue and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to "do the right thing". Even after Trump took charge of the presidency, Pyongyang didn't let up in the tests, claiming to have tested a hydrogen bomb and then an inter-continental ballistic missile, a huge leap in destructive power.

He also said that before he took office previous year, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea". While Trump has talked about lowering overseas troop deployments, he says that's not on the table for South Korea right now. We know that Kim is far less cautious about his public appearances than many had surmised.

Past administrations have taken the conventional approach with North Korea, and it hasn't worked.

Anshell Pfeffer writes that the United States has actually abdicated its role as a global leader and security guarantor: "Trump is the unlikely beneficiary of over seven decades of American commitment to security in the Far East".

That's perhaps the biggest of the many questions left unanswered by this joint statement on Tuesday.

Trump said he would "absolutely" invite Kim to visit the White House and is open to visiting Pyongyang, as well.

The U.S. president had said in a press conference on Tuesday he would like to lift sanctions against North Korea but it would not happen immediately.

The same report was later read by star North Korean broadcaster Ri Chun Hee on state television. "They do have 3 prisoners".

Who made this summit possible? -South Korean drills was met with concern. "People weren't ready for it, lots of people had already set up pools in their yards for the summer - and all of a sudden it starts raining". That's what Trump-loving Israel Hayom dubs our current heady times with its front page headline, going beyond the actual news to heap praise on the other Dear Leader. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. Which countries have the most riding on a concrete peace deal? He is also described as immediately agreeing to Trump's request to repatriate the remains of USA and foreign soldiers who were taken as prisoners of war or were missing in action following the 1950-53 Korean war-a request that, according to Trump, was included towards the end of the talks. Having open channels of communication can only minimize the risk of miscalculation. "South Korea, China, Russia, people who got plenty of money to pour in there". Trump said to the photographers.

Even as they offered measured praise for Mr Trump's diplomatic efforts, congressional Republicans have emphasised the hard road that remains and pressed for more details of what exactly the President agreed to with Kim.

North Korea has long criticized the joint drills as rehearsals for invasion and used them to justify the building-up of its nuclear weapons program. China, which fought the US on behalf of the North in the 1950-53 Korean War, wants a stable, independent North Korea as a buffer with South Korea and the thousands of USA troops stationed there. However, they've long wanted a meeting with a USA president. Trump and Kim referred back to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, which contained a weak commitment to denuclearization but no specifics on how to achieve it.

President Donald Trump promised he had solved the nuclear problem with North Korea in a series of tweets after arriving back in Washington, D.C. Worst case is the United States decides North Korea isn't cooperating and we go back to war threats. The report said Kim told Trump "that it is urgent to make bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other".

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