Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

China urges ‘full denuclearisation’ as Kim-Trump meet

US President Donald Trump speaks while North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks at the signed document that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only previous year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war. It was shocking, he said, because these exercises are fundamental to our military relationship with South Korea.

Seoul's presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump's comments.

"The coordination with South Korean military is absolutely critical".

The wording recalls Seoul's reaction to Trump's initial cancellation of the summit with Kim two weeks ago, after North Korean officials lobbed personal insults at National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence.

"South Korea will have mixed feelings toward Trump's remarks", said Lee Il-woo, a director at Korea Defense Network in Seoul. "The most important, hard part of this security issue is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks", Wang said. Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. The agreement sought an end to North Korea's fledgling nuclear program with a goal of complete denuclearization, just as in Trump's deal.

"I said when I first started, why do the bombers come from Guam?" -South Korean "war games" will stop during negotiations with North Korea, to the surprise of South Korean officials. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

"So I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it".

One South Korean official said he initially thought Trump had mis-spoke.

In 2015, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the US, UK, France, China and Russian Federation - were joined by Germany and Iran in agreeing to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, which allowed inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Association to audit Iran's nuclear facilities and ensure compliance with uranium enrichment restrictions in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

North Korea has called for an end to the exercises as part of the United States' ending its "hostile policy" toward the country. 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.

"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here", Trump told Hannity.

"Here at the Pentagon, what they're telling us is, they will be in line with as soon as they figure out what, exactly, he's talking about", she said.

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