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Trump's 'appalling' Kim summit slammed by rights advocate

14 Juin 2018

-South Korean military exercises. North Korea reaffirmed previous promises to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula". "One can't completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating", he said. "North Korea's commitment "to work toward" disarmament is analogous to the language that binds the five accepted nuclear weapons states".

On Wednesday, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Kim made no reference to North Korea's long-held position on the issue of its past abductions of Japanese citizens during his summit with President Trump.

"His intention here was to put us in a place where we get the opportunity to have productive conversations connected to the denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo said.

"We would of course have offered hospitality", Dr Balakrishnan added, when asked if Singapore paid for the North Korean contingent's hotel stay at the St Regis.

Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non Proliferation tells TIME that while pausing the drills "may, in the end, be the right move" the decision should have been made in consultation with Japan and South Korea.

Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects the ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in North Korea.

But the big picture - a disappointing outcome in Singapore for the United States - was only to be expected.

Pompeo contradicted some claims from North Korean state media about what the process would look like.

The US President said: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office". 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.

China, one of the earliest allies of the hermit state, also had a "win-win situation" in the recently concluded summit, said Cabalza, noting that Kim first met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March.

Pompeo also said he anticipates the United States would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding that he was "very confident" that some form of engagement between the two sides would take place in the next week.

Japan has reacted to Trump's plan to cancel military exercises with South Korea with concern, saying the drills are vital for East Asian security. "We hope that the two countries' highest leaders can dispel interference, establish mutual trust, overcome difficulties and can reach a basic consensus on promoting and achieving the denuclearization of the peninsula and promoting and establishing a peace mechanism for the peninsula", Wang told reporters. Trump at the time condemned the North Korean government and its lack of "basic human decency".

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. "And the issue is now, where do we go from here - whether we can maintain momentum from the summit and start putting flesh on those bones".

"Trump has pursued what he calls a "maximum pressure" campaign" against Pyongyang to force it to give up its nuclear weapons. "He's clearly executing people", Baier said.

He is known to have stopped over at airbases in Guam and Hawaii to encourage USA forces and is expected to arrive at the White House sometime Wednesday morning. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.

A North Korea expert with inside knowledge of the Trump administration agreed Tuesday that Trump had taken us back from the brink of war. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.

Trump's 'appalling' Kim summit slammed by rights advocate