China, US trade barbs on trade, territorial claim

15 June, 2018, 05:51 | Author: Edward Snyder
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have reaffirmed that economic sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until the regime's complete denuclearization.

While the U.S. leader was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for far too little at the summit, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the USA president.

What's more, it notes that Trump made a major concession up front in agreeing to stop joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.

"We're going to get complete denuclearisation and only then are we going to lift sanctions", Mr Pompeo added.

At a meeting in the Kremlin before the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday, the Russian leader said the recent US-North Korean summit had reduced the threat of conflict.

President Donald Trump saluted North Korean general and defense minister No Kwang Chol during the Singapore summit, as seen in a video released by the country's state media.

Vladimir Putin has invited Kim Jong Un to Russian Federation in September following the North Korean dictator's meeting with Donald Trump.

North Korea says it will destroy a large-scale facility in Tongchang-ri, in North Pyongan Province, that was used to test engines for the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday.




Mr Pompeo said the brief, four-point joint statement that emerged from the summit did not encapsulate all the progress the USA and North Korea had made.

Sceptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are U.S. plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.

Measures like the destruction of testing sites in North Korea, if monitored by USA and global experts, could build the kind of trust needed to carry out denuclearization.

Mr Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal. Conservatives said the move displayed weakness from the US on the world stage. But for the rest of us who are watching and know the history of North Korea, we should be skeptical. "It is an important step in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula".

But Trump's move had always been suggested by China, and Beijing was quick to applaud its announcement on Wednesday.

Activists have said they were disappointed that Trump did not challenge Kim on the human rights situation.

Pompeo travelled from Singapore to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the summit, and on Trump's surprise announcement that he was ending routine US-South Korea military drills.

Pompeo also said he's confident that USA talks with North Korea will resume "sometime in the next week".

In the so-called Panmunjom Declaration issued at the inter-Korean summit, North and South Korea agreed to work to ease military tension and "practically eliminate the danger of war" on the divided peninsula.

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