Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kim Jong-un talks denuclearisation on visit to Beijing

Kim Jong-un talks denuclearisation on visit to Beijing

Xi Jinping (3rd R), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, meets with Kim Jong Un (3rd L), chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, capital of China, June 20, 2018.

At his summit with Trump last week in Singapore, Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization in exchange for US security guarantees.

Some experts, however, say that recent developments are unlikely to be positive for the denuclearization process, as the meeting took place before North Korea took any steps in relation to the US-North Korea agreement declared at the June 12 summit. "I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie". After departing that gathering in Quebec, Trump attacked Justin Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak" after the Canadian prime minister told reporters his government would retaliate against new US tariffs it viewed as unfair. Even the term used in the summit declaration, "total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", has been widely debated.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga repeated that it was vital for North Korea to take concrete steps toward complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all its weapons of mass destruction and missiles.

Kim praised China as a "clean, attractive and advanced" nation and said he had learned much from the prosperous country before heading back to North Korea.

Multiple reports suggest that the U.S.is preparing to receive the remains of the fallen soldiers, who died in the conflict on the Korean Peninsula over 70 years ago.

USA officials are looking for signs that North Korea intends to follow through with its stated desire to denuclearise.

He added: "The detailed negotiations have not begun".

Trump has praised the Singapore meeting as a success.

The remains of some US soldiers were last returned in 2007, when then-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson visited Pyongyang.

Trump said he has no plans to decrease the number of USA troops in the South as part of security assurances for the North, but has left open the possibility to do so in the future.

"That's OK. That's OK".

'I think we've made it clear this is a goodwill gesture to strengthen dialogue momentum, ' Kang said.

Former president Barack Obama supported South Korea's rejection of a nuclearized North Korea and said threats from North Korea would result in its isolation from the global community.

"We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", Trump told a crowd of supporters during a rally in Duluth, Minnesota.

Promoted to commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) last month, Admiral Philip Davidson gave the assurance during his first official visit to Japan for two days of talks with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

North Korea makes no secret of its distaste for the USA and its various military and spy services.

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