Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

A success for Kim, not so much for Trump

A success for Kim, not so much for Trump

Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the USA has short of war. And that's not all.

Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling party, said he heard from Abe that Kim did not repeat North Korea's claim that the issue involving Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s had been resolved.

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said.

Less clear is what the United States got in return.

"What we essentially got was a reiteration of past commitments that really didn't even meet the bar of the previous agreements", said Victor Cha, a Korea expert who had been tapped as the Trump administration's envoy to Seoul before he fell out of favor with the White House earlier this year.

"He's a tough guy".

Also missing: basics such as a timetable for Mr Kim to give up his weapons, verification procedures or even a mutual definition of denuclearisation.

The problem with the summit ultimately wasn't the optics or the legitimisation of the regime, though these are certainly points that count against the USA ledger of concessions.

Thirty-nine percent believe the summit has lowered the threat of nuclear war between the United States and nuclear-armed North Korea, slightly more than the 37 percent who said they did not believe it changed anything.

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"We can think about that and we can probably reduce the scale of the military exercises or probably we will stop this time, only once, deployment of strategic assets, which means strategic bombers and aircraft, fighters".

The remark was part of a blast of tweets that Trump fired off even as Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside the U.S. capital and brought Trump back home. Ultimately, in the short term, at least while diplomacy continues, Trump's tweets seem to indicate he is ready to live with the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons and potentially the capacity to fire them at the United States, in an implicit erosion of the U.S. strategic position. -South Korean military exercises - long a demand of China and North Korea, and until this week a non-starter for Washington - without apparently consulting South Korea or the Pentagon.

"For now, there still is a need to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks", a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office said, reacting to the surprise announcement.

But was it a language Kim Jong-un understands? " That work, he said, was "beyond what was seen in the final document that will be in the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations".

Media captionTrump Kim summit: What happens now? Mr Trump made clear he was keeping USA sanctions in place until he saw evidence of a reduced nuclear threat.

In 2017, Trump made similar comments about Kim.

And the deal he offered was packaged his way: a video styled as a movie trailer showing Mr Kim as a man of destiny presented with the rare choice to transform his impoverished nation into a paradise of prosperity. They greeted each other with a 12-second handshake, then retired for a 38-minute private meeting before being joined by aides.

There were multiple photo ops, including a walk through the hotel's garden, more handshakes, pats on the back and finally the signing ceremony, complete with a pen bearing Mr Trump's signature that Mr Kim did not appear to use. "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the US stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior.

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