Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Trump thinks Kim will get rid of nukes 'virtually immediately'

Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 18:44

"I think without the rhetoric, we wouldn't have been here", Mr. Trump said.

Kim and Trump met in Singapore on Tuesday, the first such meeting between an American head of state and a leader of the North Korean communist Kim cult.

"The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them", Trump told a news conference in Singapore after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The wording recalls Seoul's reaction to Trump's initial cancellation of the summit with Kim two weeks ago, after North Korean officials lobbed personal insults at National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence.

I just think that we are now we are going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately, and he's already indicated that and you look at what he's done.

"Number one we save money - a lot".

Purdue, who has lived in Singapore and China as a businessman before his political career, said it would "be awful to throw on there any concession except for economic development" in negotiating the denuclearization of North Korea.

South Korea said last month that the issue of US troops stationed there was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement were signed.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended in 1953 in an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war.

The agreement has four points, with the third stating that 'the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula'.

Mitchell Reiss, who served as the U.S. State Department's director of policy planning from 2003-2005 and earlier negotiated with North Korea on behalf of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), echoed the idea that it was important to make such decisions hand-in-hand with South Korea.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

According to the joint statement, both sides also agreed to recover and return remains of soldiers who were killed or missing in action during the Korean War so they can be repatriated.