Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Sen. Cardin: U.S. can't make concessions without North Korea action

Sen. Cardin: U.S. can't make concessions without North Korea action

All North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really needed from his unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday was to keep his nuclear arsenal intact for the time being and get a decent handshake photo to show he has truly arrived on the world stage.

Mr Trump repeatedly praised Kim's negotiating skills and their new relationship and expressed hope for "a bright new future" for Kim's impoverished nation.

Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", the document says.

There was also no mention in the North Korean coverage of the missile-engine testing site which Trump said he persuaded Kim to agree to shut down. The president would not elaborate on these hazy measures of time.

Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world". He made commitments about USA military maneuvers in that region.

Critics pointed to the lack of specifics in the agreement while questioning whether Trump gave up too much while securing too little in return during his several hours of talks with Kim in what was the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

The North's state media framed Tuesday's summit as a win for Pyongyang as it listed concessions made by Trump, with North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun dubbing the summit in Singapore "the meeting of the century" on its front page.

On Wednesday North Korean state media said that in addition to suspending joint military drills, Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea.

"I think he's going to do these things", Trump said. We have been talking about them.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a clearer statement on the eve of the summit, saying sanctions would remain in place until Pyongyang delivered "CVID" - meaning complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. He told reporters on tarmac upon landing that it had been a "great three days".

There was no immediate comment about sanctions from the USA side.

In Wednesday's KCNA report, Kim Jong Un said that if the USA side took "genuine measures for building trust", North Korea would continue to take "additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them".

President Trump "didn't just talk the talk" in Tuesday's summit with Kim Jong Un, "he showed Kim a video that, for some reason, they made look like a movie trailer", Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show.

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In Japan, the prospect of cancelled U.S. -North Korea relations and to recover the remains of prisoners of war and military members missing in action.

A screen grab of a USA made video presented at the Singapore summit. There are even some kind words for Trump himself. That President Trump was too complimentary and gave away all the US leverage. "They did not record it". "I may stand here before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong.' I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse". Are there recordings of it? I don't. We probably have some notes or something. Any notes will be turned into a Memorandum of Conversation, possibly just a summary of the conversation, and provided to the National Archives. "Normal economic co-operation has been resumed, such as trade co-operation in daily necessities", Lu said. So I don't have to.

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