North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings own toilet to Singapore summit

Saul Bowman
June 15, 2018

Washington's top diplomat was in Seoul to brief his South Korean and Japanese counterparts after President Donald Trump's post-summit comments sparked confusion and concern in Tokyo and Seoul.

The state media said talks were "epoch making" and would help to kickstart a "radical switchover in the most hostile [North Korea]-US relations".

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim on Tuesday, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and the U.S. agreed to "provide security guarantees".

President Donald Trump is defending North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, despite worldwide criticism of the country's human rights offenses.

Baier, sounding taken aback by the president's flippant response, pressed Trump on the issue: "But he's still done some really bad things".

"We believe that Kim Jong Un understands the urgency. that we must do this quickly", he said of the effort to have North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons. He said that the concepts were encompassed within the word "complete".

"The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Pompeo said.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan saw "US-South Korean joint exercises and the US military presence in South Korea as vital to security in East Asia". But North Korea has dropped out of similar talks time and time again. "The country has an extensive network of sites and underground tunnels that can be used to hide material".

Joseph Essertier: I think it's good to see there's a dialogue going on now between the governments of the U.S. and North Korea but unfortunately there is still little dialogue on a grassroots level between Americans and North Koreans because the country is in a state of war and has been continuously since the 1930's. Like Trump, Xi also favors nuclear disarmament, but he's not at all interested in North Korea's collapse.

The summit statement provided no details on when North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program or how the dismantling might be verified.

"The President of the US expressed the possibility of suspending the US - South Korea joint military exercises. and, as progress is made from dialogue and negotiations, lifting sanctions against DPRK", state media said.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!"

But military drills do more than cost money, they keep the USA troops and South Korea safe and ready for combat.

Pompeo, who met earlier in the day in Seoul with officials from Japan and South Korea, said all four nations "have made very clear that the sanctions, and the economic relief that North Korea will receive, will only happen after the full denuclearization, the complete denuclearization, of North Korea". The president raised more questions after declaring upon his return to the USA that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea". North Korea's Kim Jong-un left Singapore at around 11:20 PM yesterday, . and he is expected to have arrived in North Korea this morning. "North Korea has great potential for the future!", he wrote.

Kim said if the United States takes "genuine measures for building trust", he would take "additional goodwill measures of next stage commensurate with them". "I hate to appear a businessman, but I kept saying, what's it costing?"

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