Another "special relationship" is born?
By Diane Cooke
Obviously US President Donald Trump now has a "special relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after their man-to-man one-to-one.
But as we have come to learn with Trump, a "special relationship" is only special until that special person tweets something he doesn't like.
Kim Jong-Un could return to North Korea and tweet, "ya boo sucks, I didn't mean a word of it. I'm pressing the button," because we've come to learn that both leaders love a bit of war gaming.
Nevertheless the pair have signed an historic agreement outlining a potential end to the current nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula, but what is in it?
North Korea apparently "commits to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" but analysts say it has not made specific commitments
Trump said Kim agreed to destroy a "major missile engine testing site" and that sanctions won't be lifted until progress is made on denuclearisation.
However, according to Reuters, several political analysts said the summit had yielded symbolic, rather than tangible, results.
“It is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearization,” said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow of Washington’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank. “This looks like a restatement of where we left negotiations more than 10 years ago and not a major step forward.”
The document made no mention of the sanctions and nor was there any reference to finally signing a peace treaty. North Korea and the United States were on opposite sides in the 1950-53 Korean War and are technically still combatants, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.
The White House issued the following statement:
"Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit - the first in history - was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.
The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit."
Trump said he expected the denuclearisation process to start “very, very quickly”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold follow-up negotiations “at the earliest possible date”, the statement said.
Trump told the news conference that the process would be verified, and that the verification “will involve having a lot of people in North Korea”.
The president said joint military exercises with South Korea would be halted. The move would save Washington a tremendous amount of money and would not be revived “unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should”.
Here's to a "special relationship", however long it survives.