White House says Trump plans early summit departure

Ruben Ruiz
June 14, 2018

A quick answer: Probably not.

At times, the video speaks to Kim directly, suggesting he could make a choice that would open North Korea up to new investment and step into a starring role in a moment in history with Trump.

The agreement shows a clear miss from the United States, as there are no mentions of CVID ("complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement") of North Korean nuclear capabilities - something that was talked about a great deal in the run-up to the meeting.

The two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

The meeting, long sought by Pyongyang, will be the first ever between a serving USA president and a North Korean leader, and will focus on the nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles the North has spent decades developing.

She met her husband David, 43, in a refugee settlement in South Korea, and the couple emigrated to Canada in 2008.

Trump's remarks also caused confusion among his Republican allies on Capitol Hill. That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

Pompeo said the U.S.is prepared to offer "unique" security guarantees to North Korea to ensure that eliminating its nuclear weapons won't end badly for Kim's regime.

The first concrete action was for the American president to announce he intends to call a halt to the annual war game exercises organised between the United States and South Korea (the most recent exercises almost derailed the inter-Korea summit a few weeks ago).

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"The liberals want you to think that Trump is in over his head, but the president is not out of his depth", Klepper said. -South Korea alliance, forged in blood during the 1950-53 Korean War, should remain strong throughout the push for a negotiated end to the nuclear tensions.

Pompeo also sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the USA came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations. He said cancellation of the drills "is really a bad idea ... and (Trump) betrayed our people". First, Trump acknowledged that human rights was not a major topic during the meeting, saying it "was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization".

Provocative nuclear and missile tests by North Korea a year ago initially gave Moon little diplomatic room to maneuver.

Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions.

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic.

Rather than a game-changer, this was more of a breakthrough in how the US and North Korea talk to each other. "Denuclearisation was just an appendage", he said.

While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little at the summit, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the USA president.

Bong Youngshik, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University, said it's too early to predict how Trump's cancellation of the military drills will play out in future nuclear negotiations. Trump will likely benefit politically from that sense of relief.

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