Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump Confident Kim Will 'Honor' Their Contract, Handshake On Denuclearization

Trump Confident Kim Will 'Honor' Their Contract, Handshake On Denuclearization

During that meeting, leaders will also address the destruction of a missile-testing facility in North Korea, which was first brought up during the summit in Singapore.

Pompeo was speaking at a business event in Hanoi, Vietnam, after completing a two-day trip to Pyongyang where he met with North Korean officials to discuss the details of a summit agreement between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

Yesterday, Mr Pompeo appeared dismissive of these remarks, to the point of sounding slightly exasperated when questioned. On the contrary, some voices within the country insist that any policy on North Korea be approved by the Congress and the subject of USA troops stationed in South Korea should be out of the ambit of the talks.

A Twitter post by Trump in which he suggested that China might be spoiling North Korea talks was another twist in his rollercoaster approach to Beijing, a mix of praise and criticism, diplomatic outreach and outright aggression.

The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the USA was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North.

Earlier reports pointed to progress being made between the two countries, with commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

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In that joint statement, North Korea committed "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until Pyongyang carries out "final" denuclearisation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. North Korea, in its post-Pompeo talks statement, played down the importance of the move, describing it as a "highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously held positions".

It said the North had raised the issue of formally ending the Korean War, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty, but the USA came up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration. "We're in a fight with China", he said.

Despite Mr Trump's confidence that Mr Kim is committed to giving up nuclear weapons, the reconciliation process between the U.S. and North Korea was thrown into crisis on Sunday when Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington's "unilateral and gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament.

"It's part of our discussions each and every time we interact with our North Korean counterparts", Pompeo told the press conference with Kono and South Korea's Kang, who also said the issue is of concern to Seoul. Our expectations and hopes were so naive it could be called foolish'. "The North is trying to get an upper hand in further negotiations", he explained. Trump, by contrast, was caught saluting a North Korean general. Why should the North Koreans make concessions to one of Trump's aides given the president's record of undercutting them?'

"I am convinced that he understands the commitment he made, and I am hopeful we will find a path forward to achieve the commitment that Chairman Kim himself made personally to President (Donald) Trump, and the world, in a signed agreement".

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