The document Kim and Trump signed Tuesday in Singapore does not contain an explicit pledge to "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization", the standard Pompeo had said would be the only acceptable outcome for USA engagement with Pyongyang. I wonder if you agree with that reading of the joint statement.
Bruce Cumings: No, I don't agree with it. And now it appears Trump's overtures to North Korea and willingness to treat Kim like a statesman has earned the U.S. President a similar amount of deference. The crucial element that nixed the Iran deal and made the North Korean one possible was the different postures of the two countries' major neighbours, especially those important to the U.S. for strategic or political reasons.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China - Pyongyang's sole major ally and main trading partner - has reaffirmed its commitment to United Nations sanctions against North Korea until full denuclearisation of the regime is achieved.
Harris was a vocal supporter of joint miliary exercises when he was in uniform, calling them essential for US readiness and an important signal to Pyongyang that the United States would defend both itself and its ally Seoul. Bill Clinton did that as a concession to the North. He said the large exercises would be suspended while negotiations with the North were taking place.
Trump in 2012 tweeted about Obama's interaction with Abdullah, writing: "do we still want a President who bows to Saudis and lets OPEC rip us off?"
The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war, because the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
The process was put back on track during a surprise second summit early this month between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
"Make no mistake, we are going to maintain the readiness of our forces in South Korea", said one United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]", said Mr Pompeo.
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China, North Korea's principal supporter for a long time, was also interested in defusing tensions on the peninsula for two reasons.
Harris had pointed to that missile system as evidence of US commitment to South Korea when testifying before Congress in February, when he was still in command in the Pacific.
Several administration officials told CNN that they expected the administration would announce the suspension of planning for the August drill as soon as Thursday. That whole entourage of forces costs tens of billions of dollars a year to maintain.
"I think we have a very good relationship".
"It was an inappropriate for him to do from a protocol perspective, but now he's played right into the North's propaganda about their legitimacy on the world stage".
There is no rule that a USA president is obliged to return a salute, which is considered a sign of mutual respect. It's a drop in the bucket, and a small price to pay to denuclearize North Korea.
"The No. 1 problem with this, geopolitically, is that it suggests to our allies that we are just incompetent, that we don't recognize the threat", Green said.
The post-summit transformation comes in the wake of children in North Korea being taught to distrust and even hate "American imperialists".
Kono said at the press conference that all Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction need to be addressed, calling for "North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges". But I think we've already achieved something that some of the best experts in the USA have called for for years: the moratorium on testing missiles and testing atomic bombs.