Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Media Would Have ‘BEGGED’ for Korean Deal ‘500 Days Ago’

Media Would Have ‘BEGGED’ for Korean Deal ‘500 Days Ago’

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing documents during a summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.

Critics pointed to the lack of specifics in the agreement while questioning whether Trump gave up too much while securing too little in return during his several hours of talks with Kim in what was the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

But Trump said in a post-summit news conference that he had raised the matter.

Trump later told a news conference he would end joint U.S. But Pompeo bristled at reporters who pressed him about that apparent omission, calling questions on the topic "insulting and ridiculous".

Despite the lack of detail, or binding terms in the joint statement agreed with Kim - which has alarmed a majority of observers of the nuclear standoff - Trump struck a resolutely bullish tone.

"We need to cultivate our garden, and that means paying attention to our alliances with Seoul and Tokyo, and leaving no doubt about our commitment to defense and deterrence for their security and ours", Robert Gallucci, a former American chief negotiator on North Korean issues, wrote after the summit.

Pompeo, who is scheduled to travel to Beijing Thursday, said he isn't sure when the next conversation with North Korea will next take place but that it could happen "fairly quickly" - as soon as the coming week.

"I believe there was a headwind against us and that was the reason why it took so much time for us to meet each other".

Thornberry said Wednesday he supports Trump's decision to suspend the exercises as long as negotiations with Pyongyang are productive.

Two North Korean missiles flew over Japan a year ago as Pyongyang made rapid advances in its programme to develop a missile capable of striking the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead.

Trump on Tuesday seemed fine with this, saying he thought Kim was being honest.

"You know, those things, they cost".

Asked about his having suggested Russian Federation be let back into the G7, Trump said of that meeting, "We spent about 25% of our time talking about Russian Federation".

'No, it is not drawing down at all, ' Trump told Fox News when asked about that part of his agreement with Kim.

North and South Korea held military talks for the first time in more than a decade on Thursday, as two-star generals from both sides met just two days after US President Donald Trump floated his plan to halt joint exercises with South Korea.

Kang said South Korea and the United States shared the same goals and approach to achieving denuclearization.

Pompeo faced immediate questioning from his traveling press about the content of the agreement with North Korea. There's nothing in the joint statement about the ballistic missile threat, which is a key component of the [United Nations] Security Council resolutions.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the USA, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

"I looked at the document and I said, 'Is this for real?'" he said.

"It brings stability. It's a warning to China that you can't just take over the whole region.
And they're not ready if they can not exercises". "North Korea has great potential for the future!" Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea.

Like this: