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Tue Jun 12, 2018, 04:37 PM

No more concessions - By the Washington Post Editorial Board

By Editorial Board
June 12 at 11:44 AM

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By far the most substantive result of the summit was Mr. Trump’s sudden announcement of a freeze on U.S.-South Korean military exercises — a concession that apparently took the South Korean government and the U.S. military by surprise. With backing from China and Russia, which seek to diminish U.S. strategic standing in Asia, North Korea has long sought an end to the exercises — and until Tuesday, this and previous U.S. administrations had flatly rejected the idea. Now, Mr. Trump has adopted it — and, remarkably, used Pyongyang’s language in describing the “war games” as “provocative.”

Mr. Trump portrayed his concession as an exchange for North Korea’s destruction of a test site for missile engines. But that demolition took place before the summit — and it is in no way comparable to the freezing of exercises, which could signal that the U.S.-South Korean security relationship is up for negotiation alongside North Korea’s arsenal. Mr. Trump’s further contention that stopping the maneuvers “will save us a tremendous amount of money” will deliver another shock to Asian and European countries that depend on the United States for defense.

Compared with that gift, North Korea’s commitments at the summit look meager indeed. A joint statement said Mr. Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” That language is actually weaker and less specific than what Pyongyang offered in several previous agreements — which it then flouted. North Korea’s definition of denuclearization, as laid out in numerous previous talks with U.S. officials, envisions a far-reaching U.S. strategic retreat, including the removal of the American defense umbrella from both South Korea and Japan. There was no mention in the statement of U.S. terms for disarmament: not a word about verification, or irreversibility, or timelines.

The diplomatic process that will now begin ought to be aimed at delivering tangible North Korean commitments and meaningful actions. The United States should be seeking a full declaration of the regime’s arsenal and nuclear facilities, as a start; without it, showy demolitions of test sites are meaningless. And Mr. Trump should refrain from offering Mr. Kim any further unilateral concessions.

full editorial:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-singapore-summit-was-a-victory-for-kim-jong-un/2018/06/12/3731e970-6e44-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 04:41 PM

1. He truly thought any signed agreement w/ NK would garner

him the Nobel Peace Prize. Obviously having no idea what the Prize is about, he got what he could get any way he could get it and was hoping for parades and prizes upon his return. We are in such trouble.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 06:53 PM

4. The way they're yammering on several M$M outlets,

parades and prizes may very well be in Rump's future.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 04:44 PM

2. yes, to all that, but

Kim did say the don was looking young and thin so that trumps (ah shit)any steeenking military excersizes

I think I'm going to develop a severe drinking habit..........very soon.........very severe.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 05:17 PM

3. Trump also will get to build a resort hotel.on the beautiful NK beach

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