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South Korea Didn't See This Coming - Cortney O'Brien

12 June 2018

"I hope - but am not yet confident - that (North Korea) will take steps that match the concessions Mr. Trump has already made by ending military exercises in South Korea and granting Mr. Kim legitimacy with this summit", Thomas Countryman, a former acting under secretary of state for arms control under President Barack Obama, told Reuters.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un committed to complete denuclearization after his meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Trump and Kim signed a document that calls for Pyongyang to work "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Trump praised what had been achieved at the summit calling it a "new chapter" in relations with the North.

"At this moment, we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention", a South Korean spokesperson said, according to CNN.

The other group homes in on Trump's concessions, noting that his agreement to cease United States-South Korea military exercises is a big win for Kim, and was made without getting the United States anything significant in return. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised. Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

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The final point on the document calls for North Korea to work with the U.S. in helping them recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action - including immediately repatriating any bodies which have already been identified. Trump attributed the move as a cost-saving measure. "He gave very broad language".

"This is going to be a long pull; it is very frustrating negotiating with that part of the world", Perdue said. "There will be days that we think 'yes, we'll have peace, ' and then there will be days 'oh my god, we're going to have a nuclear holocaust, ' which is exactly we're we've been for the past year".

"The crux of the peninsula nuclear issue is a security issue".

Qassem was referring to United States attempts to dismantle another nuclear deal - officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - signed by the previous White House administration together with five other world powers with Iran in 2014.

South Korea Didn't See This Coming - Cortney O'Brien