Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

North Korea no longer poses nuclear threat - Donald Trump

North Korea no longer poses nuclear threat - Donald Trump

"Only then will there be relief from the sanctions". A professor at the University of Notre Dame, Michael Desch, who has written about the civilian leadership of the US military, wasn't too concerned about the salute, although it seemed unusual to him. Japan's Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said that, while North Korea had pledged denuclearisation, no concrete steps had been taken and Japan would not let down its guard.

The two Koreas were also to hold the first high-level military talks in 10 years on Thursday, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

After a three-way meeting with Mr Pompeo and Japan's top diplomat, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha suggested the United States still had some explaining to do, telling reporters that the issue of the drills "was not discussed in depth".

But he also said he would love to bring the United States military out of South Korea because of the cost, adding that while it was not now part of the discussion, "at the appropriate time, it will be". When pressed on how the USA would verify the North's denuclearization, though, Pompeo became irritated and berated a reporter by calling the question insulting and ludicrous.

"China has reaffirmed its commitment to honoring the UN Security Council resolutions".


"It is something that [North Korea] very much appreciated", he said, adding that the exercises cost too much and are seen as provocative by North Korea.

Under such conditions, South Korea needs to flexibly change its military pressure in accordance with the Panmunjom Declaration, in which Moon and Kim agreed to build mutual trust after holding the third-ever inter-Korean summit on April 27 at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Kim is now promising to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, and state media heralded the meeting as victorious, with photos of Kim standing side-by-side with Trump splashed across newspapers in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-Il, the father of the current North Korean leader, travelled to the country in 2011 to meet with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president at the time.

"If someone salutes you, your instinct is (probably) to return that salute, ' wrote Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist for The Daily Beast".


Pompeo also insisted the alliance between the US, South Korea and Japan remained "ironclad", despite Trump's announcement about ending military drills.

So Pompeo had some explaining to do as he traveled to Seoul to brief the allies on what transpired in Singapore.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14, 2018.

North Korea has been isolated on the worldwide stage for decades - with brief bursts of diplomacy - for its appalling human rights record and its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons.

"The South Koreans didn't know about it". South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters afterward that the military drills issue "was not discussed in depth".


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