Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 WASHINGTON – “KOREAN WAR TO END!” President Donald Trump may have been getting ahead of himself with that April 27 tweet. A peace declaration in the 65-year-old war now appears to be a central sticking point in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear negotiations. “North Korea for decades has wanted to talk about a peace treaty, or a peace regime, to end the war officially,” said Michael Fuchs, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the Obama administration. “So it seems very likely that the North Koreans are making this a top ask.” The answer, for now, is no – at least from Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons first. “We believe that denuclearization has to take place before we get to other parts,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on … [Read more...] about North Korea wants peace declaration ending Korean War, but Trump officials resisting
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President Donald Trump sold his nuclear agreement with North Korea on Tuesday as different from -- and better than -- any that’s gone before. Measured against previous deals, though, the two-page document had similar language and was distinct mainly for being vague.The statement Trump signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed them both to the “complete denuclearization’’ of the Korean Peninsula, as well as to a new relationship, a peace regime and security guarantees, none of which were defined. The omission of the words “verifiable’’ and “irreversible’’ from the phrasing on denuclearization suggested North Korean resistance to Trump’s requests.“If North Korea were genuinely interested in denuclearizing, none of these maneuvers would be necessary,’’ said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists.That matters because North Korea has pledged to denuclearize the Korean … [Read more...] about Trump’s North Korea Deal Is Different, and Not in a Good Way
Even attempting a summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un is surely one of the greatest high wire acts in diplomatic history -- two unpredictable leaders meeting in Singapore to negotiate the total elimination of what just last year was considered the gravest threat facing the United States. The stakes couldn't be higher. Donald Trump is demanding the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. To Kim Jong Un those weapons -- the nuclear warheads and the missiles that would carry them -- are his country's most valuable possession. He is being asked to lay all his nuclear secrets on the table. As we reported in previous stories for 60 Minutes, U.S. Intelligence agencies have expended enormous effort trying to uncover those secrets as North Korea developed not only a nuclear arsenal but the capability to reach the United States. At the National Air and Space Intelligence Center – NASIC for short - more than 100 photo interpreters, … [Read more...] about North Korea Summit: What’s at stake when President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un?
WASHINGTON — It was a quick but telling exchange. At a House committee hearing earlier this month, Democratic Representative Joaquín Castro of Texas was grilling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Trump administration’s plans for North Korea. “How do you define the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?” Castro asked. “Well, we’ve said ‘complete,'” Pompeo responded. Pressed further, Pompeo cited several components of North Korea’s nuclear program — including missile capability and fissile material production — that he said would have to go. “Will you leave them with a civilian nuclear program?” Castro asked. After a long pause, Pompeo replied that “we have said that it won’t be appropriate for them to have the capacity to enrich.” But he quickly modified his answer. The question of whether Pyongyang can keep a civilian nuclear program, which Pompeo dodged, also is crucial. … [Read more...] about Trump team doesn’t know what it wants from North Korea
In the 16 months Donald Trump has been in office as president of the United States, he has celebrated “progress” on the issue of North Korea and its nuclear weapons as one of his major successes. His supporters have even called for him to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to engage the North Korean regime and its leader, Kim Jong-un. At first, it seemed to be working. After starting his presidency exchanging insults with the secretive leader – with Trump dubbing Kim “little rocket man” and Kim branding Trump a “dotard” – denuclearisation talks seemed to be progressing, as Kim met with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and held an historic summit with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in. The talks were followed by a shock announcement that North Korea had suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. Funny how … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Is Slowly Realising He’s Been Totally Played By North Korea