After days of diplomatic confusion, u.S. President donald trump has agreed to a summit with north korean leader kim jong un after all. This triggered a variety of reactions from the most important U.S. Affiliates in the region.
Sud korea expressed cautious optimism. Japan, on the other hand, warned against hasty concessions to the north koreans and advised caution.
Trump had appeared before the press on friday after talks with north korean negotiator kim yong chol and had explained that the summit would now take place on 12 december as originally planned. June in singapore. The summit is supposed to be about nuclear disarmament on the korean peninsula.
The U.S. Hopes to persuade north korea to dismantle its nuclear program completely, irreversibly and verifiably – and as quickly as possible. The scope and pace of the disarmament are in dispute between the two sides. In turn, north korea wants out of international isolation to generate wealth through foreign trade and investment. For it to do so, it must shake off economic sanctions enforced by the U.S.
The U.S. President said he was convinced that the meeting could bring progress. "I think we’re going to build a relationship and that’s going to be on 12. June," he said. He believes kim jong un is committed to "denuclearization of the korean peninsula". At the same time, however, trump dampened expectations. The summit was the beginning of a process and several meetings may be needed to achieve the goal of nuclear disarmament. He did not expect the summit to take place on. June to reach an agreement with north korea.
For days, the U.S. President and the north korean leader had kept the world on tenterhooks with their shifting course. Last week, trump canceled the meeting. The weibe house blamed north korea for this, accusing pjongjang of not wanting to engage in complete nuclear disarmament.
The two sides continued negotiations at different locations throughout the week. The breakthrough came after kim sent his "right hand man" to the u.S.: party official and ex-intelligence chief kim yong chol. He was the first senior representative of the isolated regime to visit the weibe house since 2000. Trump received him in the oval office – considered a significant diplomatic gesture.
North korean handed over letter from kim to trump. The white house did not initially disclose the contents of the agreement. However, government headquarters released a picture of kim yong chol handing the president an oversized envelope.
Trump said his administration would not impose new sanctions on north korea as long as the language did not collapse. Asked if he addressed the devastating human rights situation in the isolated country during his meeting with kim yong chol, he replied in the negative. He would likely do so on 12. June, he said.
Sud korea’s government buried development with caution. "It appears that the road leading to a summit between north korea and the u.S. Has widened," the office of president moon jae in announced. Seoul awaits trump’s meeting with kim "tensely but calmly," a spokesman said in the brief message.
Japan, on the other hand, appealed to the U.S. Not to be taken in by kim. North korea should not be rewarded merely for agreeing to dialogue, defense minister itsunori onodera told an international security forum in singapore. Pyongyang has committed itself to nuclear disarmament in the past, only to renege on agreements and push ahead with its nuclear and missile programs. The only way to achieve complete denuclearization is to maintain maximum pressure on north korea, he added.
South korea’s defense minister song young moo then warned against too much suspicion of kim jong un and his intention of nuclear disarmament. "If we believe that north korea is going to try to trick us in the future, which it has done in the past, then how can we negotiate with them and make peace?" He said, according to the sudkorean news agency yonhap.
Kim jong un said on friday via the north korean state news agency KCNA that he remained committed to denuclearization and hoped that this goal could be achieved in several steps and in the interest of all sides.
The dispute is complicated because the U.S. And north korea understand denuclearization in different ways, which complicates the negotiations. North korea does not want to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons and only then receive economic aid.
It is also disputed whether, in addition to nuclear warheads, nuclear facilities such as those used for uranium enrichment or the civil nuclear program should be eliminated, or whether the U.S. Should withdraw its military forces from south korea and give up its capabilities for a nuclear counterstrike. Experts point out that a complete nuclear disarmament of north korea will take quite some time.