China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet

Trump directed his ire at Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

Trump directed his ire at Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not caught off guard by President Donald Trump's announcement that he was suspending military exercises with South Korea, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding he was consulted ahead of time.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that North Korea should approach the summit with "awareness".

Israeli ministers, meanwhile, have welcomed the Trump-Kim summit for the message it sends to Iran. Pundits gave obligatory acknowledgment of North Korea's human rights abuses but offered little criticism of why Trump didn't bring those issues up to Kim.

As Trump has softened his stance toward North Korea in the past several months, dropping his "rocket man" insults and threats of military action, Fox News pundits have followed suit.

"But we believe it is necessary to come up with various measures to improve dialogue more smoothly", the Blue House said.

"I have always opposed "freeze for freeze", because it equates the US-ROK exercises (stabilising, legal) with North Korea testing (destabilising, illegal)", Abraham M. Denmark, director of the Asia Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, tweeted. Trump said, however, that he was willing to stop joint US-South Korea military drills, a key demand from Pyongyang. "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers", he tweeted.

Watch the ‘First Man’ trailer, the Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling
Following the first poster drop earlier today, Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for First Man . All the way through, Armstrong is confident of his mission, while those around him are not as certain.

Meanwhile, agreements are yet to be reached on the timeframe of North Korea's denuclearization and how this will be achieved in a way that is complete and verifiable.

Analysts said it was a far cry from the breakthrough that president Richard Nixon scored with his visit to communist China in 1972 that ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing.

"I think China may be concerned about losing their leverage over North Korea and fears that North Korea and the U.S. may enter into an anti-Chinese alignment", said Charles Armstrong, a historian on Korean affairs at Columbia University in NY.

Trump insisted at a post-summit news conference that this was the start of a process and that sanctions would remain in place until Kim takes concrete steps toward denuclearisation. Every time the survey has been conducted, the greatest support has been for "continue diplomatic efforts to get North Korea to suspend its nuclear program".

Joseph Yun, the State Department's former North Korea negotiator who resigned earlier this year, expressed concern about a "slippery slope" where Pyongyang would soon say "you're my friend ..."

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.