Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Kim Jong-un talks denuclearisation on visit to Beijing

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing? Kim arrives in Beijing on third China trip in three months
Gerardo Duncan | 22 June, 2018, 20:28

Photos show Kim and Xi shaking hands in front of a row of Chinese and North Korean flags - a visual echo of Kim and Trump's handshake. At the time, however, the president did not name the site.

The U.S.is ready to take the remains in the next few days if North Korea agrees to provide them so quickly.

Reuters sources said the United Nations Command in South Korea is expecting the return of a "sizeable number" of remains, which will then be sent to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

Trump presented his own competing vision for North Korea's economic future to Kim during their meeting last week, highlighting the potential of its beaches for hotel development in a glossy video depicting the skyscrapers, speed boats and medical breakthroughs that could come from global investment.

North Korea media openly reported on his use of Chinese-operated aircraft for the return trip to Singapore, and glimpses of the pragmatic aspects of the Kim regime abounded.

North Korea and China are rapidly boosting exchanges that could significantly blunt worldwide sanctions against the rogue regime.

Although Trump has hailed the Singapore summit as a success, sceptics have questioned whether he achieved anything, given that Pyongyang, which has rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament, appeared to make no new tangible commitments in a joint written declaration.

After a series of key advances in North Korean missile and nuclear technology were matched with a heated war of words between the USA and North Korea last year, Kim reached out to US -backed South Korea for peace talks at the beginning of this year.

The remains of around 5,300 American service members are believed to be in North Korean territory, according to the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

"It's necessary for North Korea to present far more concrete denuclearization plans, and I think it's necessary for the United States to swiftly reciprocate by coming up with comprehensive measures", Moon said. There are also facilities there for testing missile engines. "Russian Federation is a very important partner for Korea for joint development in the future", he said.

Over the course of this two-day visit, Kim and Xi exchanged vows of friendship and promises of economic cooperation, in a carefully choreographed display of amity that ignored the recent history of chilly relations between the neighbours. More than 36,500 US troops died in the conflict. "It could also be delivered not only to South and North Korea but also to Japan". "The most geopolitically significant outcome of the summit was to set the U.S. Detailed negotiations have not begun". This is hardly ideal for North Korea either. The official described it is as a major center that has been used for testing engines for long-distance missiles.

At the Cabinet meeting, Trump also referenced other concessions North Korea has supposedly made: "They've already blown up one of their big test sites".

The move will only be significant if North Korea takes more than cosmetic steps to fully shutter the site, not just the test stand, said Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies. They stopped rocketry. They stopped everything that you'd want them to stop.

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