China wasn’t at the table but Trump-Kim talks reinforced its role

China wasn’t at the table but Trump-Kim talks reinforced its role

At the conclusion of the Singapore summit, Trump and Kim reached an agreement that included complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for some security assurances on behalf of the United States.

Donald Trump takes questions after the Singapore summit.

Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim.

A GOP senator behind crushing sanctions efforts on North Korea said he's happy that the "failed policy of strategic patience" is gone yet cautioned that there needs to be only one goal in engagement with dictator Kim Jong-un.

Fellow Republicans, however, could attempt to use the summit to bolster their contention that American voters should allow them to retain control of Congress in pivotal congressional elections in November.

Some experts say a step-by-step denuclearization process is a ploy to win concessions while delaying disarmament.

"Now we can have hope it will soon end", Trump said. Pundits gave obligatory acknowledgment of North Korea's human rights abuses but offered little criticism of why Trump didn't bring those issues up to Kim.

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.




"There is nearly nothing of significant substance - or even new - in this document".

The US president also said the Islamic Republic was "a different country" as compared to several months ago due to his decision to withdraw from the 2015 accord. A federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election also hangs over his presidency.

Regarding Trump's surprise announcement that he would put a stop to regular joint ROK-U.S. military drills, Nam said the issue required discussion between the two countries.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the U.S. negotiating team "delivers for America's swagger".

But analysts warned there were still big challenges ahead, especially since the two sides failed to reach any specific agreement on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons - a threat on China's doorstep.

Trump had agreed to halt joint military exercises with South Korea after the North Korea summit.

While many North Korea experts and defectors welcome the ease in tensions between the US and North Korea, they faulted Trump for overtly praising an authoritarian leader and failing to bring up human rights violations within North Korea.

"It looked good on camera", Oba said, adding that it would still be a relief to the region that relations remain on a positive trajectory.

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