Trump continues to praise himself for North Korea summit

13 June, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • In good spirits Kim Jong-un walks with Donald Trump during a break in talks

In another political win for President Xi Jinping, the declaration was effectively a tacit acceptance of the "freeze for freeze" proposal pushed by Beijing a halt to both US-South Korea joint drills and the North's weapons tests.

One day after the meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore, North Korea's state-run media were filled with images of its beaming leader standing as an equal on the global stage with the president of the most powerful country in the world - a reminder of just how much of a propaganda coup the North saw in Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

Kim's vows to denuclearize were reported by state media Wednesday within that context - that Pyongyang would respond to easing of what it sees as the hostile USA policy with commensurate but gradual moves toward "the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

KCNA said the U.S. president expressed his intention to offer security guarantees to North Korea and lift sanctions "over a period of good-will dialogue" between the two countries.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterised by bloodshed and threats. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the U.S. would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea. If U.S. troops in South Korea were to really halt military exercises, he says, it could cause allies to lose confidence in Washington and undermine the entire U.S. military presence in Asia.

Though the leaders mentioned in a joint statement the need for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the wording is ominously vague and, it could be argued, doesn't go any further than the North's previous promises.

Done deal President Trump shows off the document signed between the two leaders
Done deal President Trump shows off the document signed between the two leaders

"Not just the Kim family, but ordinary North Koreans would try hard to imitate the handwriting, believing it's nice and divine", added Ahn, who defected to South Korea in 1979.

"G$3 oing back all the way to the Reagan administration, North Korea proposed a summit with the United States".

In Pyongyang, the North Korean autocrat woke up to state media's enthusiastic claims of a victorious meeting with the US President; photos of him standing side-by-side with Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers. It also said Trump committed to unspecified "security guarantees" for Pyongyang, and to "lift sanctions against it". We have been talking about them. Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades. Defense Secretary James Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump. And we can't make conceptions until we get action from North Korea.

In Wednesday's KCNA report, Kim Jong Un said that if the USA side took "genuine measures for building trust", North Korea would continue to take "additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them".

A joint statement signed by the two leaders after the meeting committed to establishing a new US-DPRK relations and reaffirmed Kim's "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". And why wasn't the South Korean president invited?

"Today's Rodong Sinmun wants to show Kim Jong Un played a huge part and seized a great victory", said Moon Hong-sik, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS).

"His country has to be de-nuked, and he understood that, he fully understood that", Trump said.

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