Donald Trump has given Kim Jong-Un exactly what he wanted and received nothing in return. Previous administrations have refused to reward North Korea’s bad behavior by giving recognition to the Kim family regime. Trump has reversed longstanding U.S. policy by elevating the status of the rogue North Korean regime by treating Kim as an equal to the U.S. president without getting any concrete change in North Korean behavior. No steps have been taken about long range missiles that could be used to attack the U.S. or our allies with nuclear bombs and no steps have been taken to do anything to stop North Korean nuclear weapons production and design. Compared to the Iran nuclear arms elimination deal which Donald Trump revoked, this deal is a sham. The Iran deal had an explicit process of detailed inspections of Iran’s nuclear research sited that insured that no weapons could be produced and that Iran would not make further progress towards building nuclear weapons. This statement has nothing of substance.
Nuclear arms experts were not impressed by this agreement. www.theguardian.com/…
How does the Joint Statement from the “epochal” Singapore Summit stack up with other historic documents on denuclearization? Not so well, I fear. See for yourself; @Joshua_Pollack has compiled them all.https://t.co/4c7t3rNpGD
— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) June 12, 2018
Trump has undermined the sanctions on Kim that drove him to the bargaining table, for nothing but a statement that North Korea would work to completely de-nuclearize the Korea peninsula. Note that North Korea is doing just that when they work to get U.S. submarines out of south Korean waters. The U.S. policy of “maximum pressure” is now crumbling as China indicates it is ready to end sanctions. www.theguardian.com/…
China’s foreign ministry has said the international community could consider lifting economic sanctions on North Korea after the agreement signed today, according to Reuters.
This suggestion by Chinese officials signal the US policy of “maximum pressure” is already showing signs of cracking. China represents more than 90 percent of Pyongyang’s trade and is in a position to provide much needed relief for the isolated regime.
There are already reports that Kim’s charm offensive has lead China to relax restrictions on trade with the North, violating United Nations’ sanctions. All of this has come without substantial concessions from Pyongyang, despite a promise from the White House “maximum pressure” would endure until North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons
In his press conference Trump claimed that Kim made a verbal agreement on destroying a North Korean missile engine testing facility. Of course, destroying one facility will not stop North Korea from building missiles that threaten us and our allies. Trump is a dangerous fool who has no idea what he is doing.
Trump embellishes the agreement by claiming Kim has given his “unwavering commitment” to denuclearisation.
He says after the the document was signed Kim agreed verbally to destroying North Korea’s “major missile engine testing site”.
“Chairman Kim has before him an opportunity like no other to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of prosperity for his people,” Trump says.
This is the full signed statement. www.theguardian.com/…
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit – the first in history – was an epochal event of great significance and overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
June 12, 2018