Saturday, 21 July, 2018


White House Unhappy With Pompeo-North Korea Visit

Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 14:01

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the head of US intelligence to assess whether North Korea's posture and actions regarding denuclearization match up with the Trump administration's claims.

"This is totally baseless". Kim Jong-un vowed to push forward with the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a statement signed alongside President Trump, but never clarified what that statement meant. What happened was the Trump administration is divided on its approach toward the procedures of denuclearization.

"Certainly they can make a decision whether or not those drills are reinstated if they decide to do so based on North Korea's actions", he said. The two held a historic summit in Singapore on June 12.

Accusations from USA politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.

The White House felt that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit last week to Pyongyang, North Korea went poorly, a source told CNN.

Another Weibo user wrote "decapitation operations should be next carried out".

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of worldwide politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

That's because Pyongyang can only look to China, now its major trade partner, for economic gains in exchange for any progress of its denuclearization, the professor said.

The Ulchi civilian drills were launched in 1968, a year after a failed attempt by North Korean commandos to assassinate then-South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.

In the meantime, satellite images of a missile-manufacturing facility in the city of Hamhung showed North Korea is expanding its ballistic weapons program.

"Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius".

If North Korea wanted to denuclearize, it could simply begin providing information and access to its nuclear sites. "That is, the North won't terminate nuclear programs without any economic gains", Tsai said.

Trump made similar accusations in May, noting that North Korea's previously conciliatory tone towards the scheduled summit between Kim and Trump seemed to change overnight following Kim's meeting with Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping in Dalian, China.

US President Donald Trump said today that he has a "little gift" for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't reveal what it is.

Trump later added on Twitter that the decision would "save a fortune".

The canceled Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise with South Korea this summer would have cost the USA about $14 million, according to the Pentagon.

Pompeo himself reportedly laughed when asked about the CD last week but did not confirm or deny the South Korean newspaper report.

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