Kim meet falls short of Nixon-goes-to-China moment

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Bolton was criticized in the USA and North Korea after suggesting that if the Trump administration were to make concessions to the North as part of its diplomatic negotiations, it would be "looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004" as part of its negotiations about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks", KCNA reported in English. "I got that after we signed the agreement", the president told reporters.

It was signed by Trump and Kim shortly after they met privately and with their respective administrations, with the paperwork stipulating that Kim has 'reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula'.

He called Warmbier's death "brutal", but noted that "a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including North Korea".

A summit is not an accomplishment for the American president...

Speaking in Beijing following Trump and Kim's signing of a joint statement at the end of their historic summit in Singapore, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated that China has always strictly abided by all United Nations resolutions on North Korea. Picture: AAPDonald Trump and Kim Jong-un shared handshakes and smiles during the historic meeting in Singapore.

Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not. "We are proud of Otto and miss him".

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Then he added: "It is totally unacceptable that a country is imposing unilateral measures when it comes to world trade". Those new tariffs are in response to the Trump administration's decision to apply import taxes to steel and aluminum.

"We're not there yet", he said.

"Now would not be the time to ease global sanctions against North Korea".

It also demands less than the Bush administration's six-party talks, the 2003 negotiations involving the United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

Trump said he will send his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul after the summit to explain the results and discuss cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.

The Trump-Kim summit, unthinkable just a few months ago, is yet more vindication of the Cold War doctrine of deterrence where the capacity and threat to inflict pain augments the force of diplomacy, and can prompt "rogue" regimes to display a strong survival instinct.

But analysts said it was a far cry from the breakthrough that president Richard Nixon scored with his visit to communist China in 1972 that ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing. "Why not ease sanctions?"

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