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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Trump Kim summit: US president hails deal after historic talks




Trump Kim summit: Win-win, or a Kim win?
US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous".
The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.
But in an extraordinary media conference later, Mr Trump announced details not in the paper.
He said he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession.
The meeting was the first time a sitting US president has met North Korea's leader, and caps a remarkable turnaround for the two.
Last year saw the pair sling various insults at each other, while North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the international community.
For both men the meeting brought much to gain as well as considerable risk.
The meeting is seen by North Korea as a way of bringing legitimacy to a nation long regarded as a pariah. Should Mr Trump resolve the North's nuclear threat, he would have achieved something none of his predecessors came close to.
What did they agree?
The summit centred on nuclear disarmament and reducing tensions.
The agreement said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the US would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.
On nuclear weapons, Mr Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".
Observers say the document lacks substance, in particular on how denuclearisation would be achieved.
However, speaking to reporters after, Mr Trump said:
The US would suspend "provocative" war games it holds with South Korea. Mr Trump said he wanted to see US troops withdraw from the South. A spokesperson for the US forces said they had yet to receive any new guidance
On denuclearisation, he said that Mr Kim had agreed to it being "verified", a key US demand ahead of the meeting
Mr Trump said Mr Kim had also agreed to destroy a "major missile engine testing site"
But he said sanctions would remain in place for now and argued "we haven't given up anything".
Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.
The US president said he had, and did not retract his description of Mr Kim as "talented".
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"Well, he is very talented," Mr Trump said. "Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. I don't say he was nice."
In a post-summit interview with ABC News, the president said he was confident that the agreement meant full denuclearisation.
"Yeah, he's de-nuking, I mean he's de-nuking the whole place. It's going to start very quickly. I think he's going to start now," he said.
"I think he trusts me and I trust him," Mr Trump added.
What's the reaction been?
Largely positive. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held his own meeting with Mr Kim earlier this year, said the "two Koreas and US will write new history of peace and co-operation".
A spokesman, though, also said the "exact meaning and intention" of what Mr Trump had said "needs to be assessed".
China, North Korea's only major diplomatic and economic ally, also said the meeting created a "new history". The foreign ministry said sanctions on North Korea could be eased if it stuck to UN resolutions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised President Trump's "leadership and effort", saying he supported North Korea's pledge on denuclearisation as "a step towards the comprehensive resolution of issues around North Korea".
But Russia warned that the "devil is in the detail" and Iran said North Korea should not trust the US. Mr Trump recently pulled the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Politics turned upside down
Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter
Two years ago Barack Obama travelled to Cuba - and was roundly denounced by conservatives for breaking bread with totalitarian leaders and praised by liberals for his statesmanship. Now, with Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, the tables have been turned. Mostly.
On conservative Fox News and among Mr Trump's core supporters, the president was lauded for a historic diplomatic breakthrough. Among Democrats, there was more than a fair amount of concern that the president was engaging in a glorified publicity stunt with little chance of success.
Republicans in Congress have been more measured. There was plenty of talk of "historic first steps", in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's words, but concern over how the yet-to-be negotiated verification details will turn out.
A few other conservatives expressed dismay at seeing the US and North Korean flags side-by-side, and viewed Mr Trump's solicitous manner and warm words for Mr Kim as too much, given his nation's history of human rights violations.
"Needless to say, we would've wrecked Obama for doing this," tweeted conservative blogger Allahpundit.
Tuesday was the latest reminder that in just 16 months, US - and international - politics have been turned upside down.
How the day unfolded
The summit began with a striking image, unimaginable just months ago.
The two men walked towards each other and firmly gripped each other's hands in front of US and North Korean flags.
North Korean state TV hasn't mentioned the meeting and showed a cartoon as President Trump spoke
Sitting alongside each other, ahead of a one-on-one meeting, the pair appeared relaxed against the odds.
"It was not easy to get here," Mr Kim said. "There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here."
The two men, accompanied only by interpreters, spoke for a little under 40 minutes. They were then joined by small delegations of advisers for a working lunch.
Over lunch they shared a mix of Western and Korean dishes, including stuffed cucumbers and Daegu jorim, a soy-braised fish dish.

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