'This is huge:' North Korea agrees to return remains

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2018

And in the run up to the unprecedented summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday in Singapore, it has been China that Pyongyang has been increasingly turning to.

But Bruce Paulsen, a partner at Seward & Kissel and an expert in sanctions law, says President Trump could rescind his executive order and to not enforce other legislation surrounding doing business with North Korea.

It could be and we know that the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is not always the paragon of truth and fact-based reporting.

Trump, in a press conference Tuesday after the summit, said he would like to withdraw US troops from South Korea "at some point" - but not now.

He is critical of the administration's plan to end joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. "These exercises are important to countering China's regional aggression, in addition to Kim Jong-un's hostility". That's a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and then go back to Guam.

The reported agreement, if confirmed by the United States, could be considered as a concession by Trump because US officials had called for the North to take swift disarmament measures before getting major outside concessions and benefits.

This seems familiar. A similar bargain was struck back in 1992 when North Korea allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect its nuclear facilities while the US paused joint military exercises with South Korea.

The Secretary-General also drew attention to the humanitarian situation in North Korea, where the United Nations estimates more than 10 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, require assistance.

Without any prior warning, Trump announced he will be suspending the annual U.S.

Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed.

He said that though he asked at the last minute, Kim agreed "so quickly" and was "so nice" about it: "He understands it".

It quoted Kim directly as saying if the USA takes "genuine measures for building trust", he would take "additional goodwill measures of next stage commensurate with them".

"It is something that [North Korea] very much appreciated", he said, adding that the exercises cost too much and are seen as provocative by North Korea. "I also think they're very expensive". "China has no real intention of isolating North Korea, and that the old alliance still stands".

"Trump expressed his intention to halt the USA -south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation", the KCNA reported.

India on Tuesday welcomed the US-North Korea summit that sought to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, but desired that any solution should address Delhi's concerns over the Pyongyang-Islamabad nuclear axis as well.

Seoul is still trying to understand the meaning of Mr Trump's remarks and whether they indicate an actual shift in the US's seven-decade defence relationship with Seoul, a spokesman for President Moon said.

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