No hurry on North Korea denuclearisation

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

The repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War was one of the agreements reached during the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore. The president echoed his own statement to reporters from a day before, when he said that "we have no time limit [on denuclearization]".

President Donald Trump has now said there is no hurry to denuclearise North Korea - having previously said the process would start very soon.

Trump tweeted the remark on Wednesday, promising "big benefits and exciting future" for Pyongyang "at end of process." .

Sanders said Trump and Putin made clear that they discussed election meddling. "We have no speed limit".

Trump noted Wednesday that there is "no rush" and that sanctions against the regime are still in place. The hostages are back.

U.S. -North Korea relations are "very good" and "the process is moving along", Trump added.

The apparent agreement followed talks Sunday and Monday at the Panmunjom border village in the Demilitarized Zone between a USA team led by Air Force Maj.

Repatriating remains of U.S. soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 conflict was part of a written agreement signed by Kim and Trump during their landmark summit in Singapore last month.

Since the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim on 12 June, there has been little reported progress towards denuclearisation.

North Korea may be returning around 50 sets of remains from USA soldiers who went missing during the Korean War. Following the meeting, he said the process would start "very quickly". However, hours after North Korea demolished the site, Trump suddenly announced the cancellation of his meeting with Kim in Singapore due to "the tremendous anger and open hostility" from Kim.

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