Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a "provocative" drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.

Their signed commitment reaffirms an agreement struck between the leaders of North and South Korea.

Hannity, who sat down with Trump for an interview after the summit, even compared Tuesday's event to former President Ronald Reagan's meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the height of the Cold War. 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.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and US forces in South Korea.

"Now we can have hope it will soon end", Trump said.


"We must always be clear that we are dealing with a brutal regime with a long history of deceit", Ryan said.

China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite its anger at Pyongyang's sabre rattling. "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the United States, say the haters & losers", he tweeted.

Commenting for the first time on the agenda, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations.

But analysts said it was a far cry from the breakthrough that president Richard Nixon scored with his visit to communist China in 1972 that ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing.

Meanwhile, agreements are yet to be reached on the timeframe of North Korea's denuclearization and how this will be achieved in a way that is complete and verifiable.


"I think what the vice president said today - and we'll continue to clarify what the president had talked about - exercises will continue with South Korea", Gardner said during a news conference with other GOP leaders.

He praised Trump and Kim for their "courage and determination" not to settle for "that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change".

"The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions", Geng told a daily news briefing.

They said Pakistan supplied vital machinery, drawings and technical advice to North Korea, allowing Pyongyang to enrich uranium as early as 2002.


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