aside President Trump Broke The Ice With N Korean Leader Kim Jong-un On 12th Of June 2018

By now most of the world is aware that the republican US President Donald Trump has broken ground by being the first US president to meet with N Korea’s Head of State Kim Jong-un on the 12 of June 2018 in Singapore. The primary goal for the US is to insure the denuclearization of N Korea whereas, N Korea is looking towards the end all economic sanctions against it.

My thoughts about this summit are as follows:

1.) President Trump and the N Korean Leader Kim Jong-un broke the ice where dialogue and serious negotiations can begin.

2.) Nothing of substance was developed at this meeting except that President Trump announced that the US would be suspending military exercises with S Korea and that he expected N Korea to move  “very quickly” to dismantle his nuclear arsenal. A 200 word   agreement was the final result. (Apparently, S Korea was caught unawares that the US intended to end the joint military exercises.)

See: Trump-Kim summit: read the full text of the agreement / VOX

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3.) The current economic sanctions against N Korea will remain in place.

4.) The subject of human rights was never broached with regards to N Korea. The US president declared that he didn’t want side issues to detract from the goal of N Korea agreeing to future dismantling of its nuclear arsenal. (This policy is a departure from his complaints against the 2015 Ira Nuclear deal.)

See: un report on north korea pdf

See: World Report 2014: World Report 2014: North Korea – Human Rights 

5.) President Trump was effusive in his praise for the N Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

6.) The results of this summit have been underwhelming but there is a positive note, “we the people” of the USA, S Korea and Japan have a reprieve from worry about the possibility of imminent war with N Korea.

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There is no comparison between the crafting of the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal and the 2018 outline of an agreement between the US and N Korea. The 2015 Iran Nuclear deal was the culmination of 10 years of hard work which included the buy-in of other participating countries along with a robust verification process. This is what President Trump walked away from while he promotes this 2018 200 word statement which is being sold as an agreement between two parties, the USA and N Korea. Frankly, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be basically starting from scratch while N Korea has yet to even appoint its negotiator.

Here are photos from Singapore.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Here is the rest of the story…

On June 12, 2018, The New York Times published the following report, “Live Updates: Trump to Suspend Military Exercises on Korean Peninsula”


“The summit meeting was the first of its kind between a sitting American president and a leader of North Korea, and it ended in a joint statement that opened the door to ending seven decades of hostility between the two countries.”

“Mr. Trump said at a news conference that the United States would stop “the war games,” in what appeared to be a concession to the North. Mr. Trump said the exercises were expensive and “very provocative.”

“In their joint statement, the United States “committed to provide security guarantees.” In exchange, Mr. Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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Here’s what happened:

• “The two leaders first met privately for less than an hour in a one-on-one session with interpreters present, before breaking off for a larger meeting and then a working lunch with aides.”

• “The leaders signed their joint statement, in which the United States committed to providing guarantees of security to North Korea in exchange for denuclearization.

• “We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind,” Mr. Kim said as he and Mr. Trump signed the joint statement, adding, “The world will see a major change.”

“Mr. Trump was similarly optimistic about the progress they achieved, saying, “We are going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.”

Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump during a signing ceremony on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
Joint statement promises bold change, but lacks details

“In the joint statement, Mr. Trump “committed to provide security guarantees” to North Korea. Mr. Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

“But the statement was short on details and did not lay out potential next steps or a timetable. The joint statement was not immediately released to reporters, but it was legible in a photo of Mr. Trump holding it up at the ceremony.”

“The statement said the two nations would hold “follow-on negotiations” led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a high-level North Korean official “at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes” of the summit meeting.”

“The statement also said the two nations would “join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the divided Korean Peninsula, meaning talks to reduce military tensions that could eventually lead to a formal peace treaty to end the Korean War.”

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North Korea agrees to destroy missile-engine test site

“At the end of their meeting, Mr. Kim pledged to destroy a missile-engine testing site, Mr. Trump told reporters, in what he characterized as a last-minute decision that was not included in the joint agreement.”

“I got that after we signed the agreement,” Mr. Trump said of the concession. “I said, ‘Do me a favor; we’ve got this missile-engine testing site. We know where it is because of the heat.’ It’s incredible the equipment we have, to be honest with you.”

Of the 82,000 American service members still missing from the wars of the past century, 7,702 are from the Korean War. CreditAssociated Press

Remains of American soldiers could be repatriated

“For Americans who never got to bury loved ones killed in the Korean War, the summit meeting offered new hope.”

“The joint statement signed by both leaders said their two countries were committed to recovering and repatriating the remains of soldiers who were designated captured or missing at the end of the conflict in 1953.”

“Of the 82,000 American service members still missing from the wars of the past century, 7,702 are from the Korean War, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is responsible for recovering missing personnel from around the world.”

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“An estimated 120,000 South Korean troops and police officers are also unaccounted for in the Korean War.”

“Mr. Trump, in his post-meeting news conference, said he had received “countless calls and letters” from family members asking him to discuss the issue with Mr. Kim, and that Mr. Kim had agreed to the request “so quickly.”

“The remains will be coming back,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re going to start that process immediately.”

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South Korea’s military caught off guard

“President Moon Jae-in of South Korea celebrated the meeting’s outcome, calling it “a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth.”

“I pay my high compliments for the courage and determination of the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim, not to settle for that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change,” Mr. Moon said.”

“Once again, I would like to pay my respects to President Trump, who achieved a feat that no one else has ever delivered,” he said.”

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“But Mr. Trump’s statement that he was suspending joint military exercises with South Korea stunned many South Koreans. The annual exercises have been an integral part of the alliance with the United States that forms the bulwark of South Korea’s defenses against the North.”

“Mr. Trump’s pronouncement raised fears that Washington was making concessions before North Korea had actually dismantled its nuclear weapons.”

“The South Korean Defense Ministry issued a curt statement saying that it was trying to determine Mr. Trump’s intentions.”

hinese newspapers report the news of the summit. The government in Beijing celebrated the joint statement, but some academics were underwhelmed. CreditNg Han Guan/Associated Press

China takes credit for summit, but is underwhelmed by results

“China welcomed the news from Singapore and patted itself on the back.”

“I think nobody can doubt the extremely unique and important role China has played,” said Wang Yi, the foreign minister.”

“Mr. Wang may have been so pleased because of Mr. Trump’s decision to suspend military exercises on the Korean Penninsula.”

“China floated that idea last year, suggesting the North suspend its weapons program in exchange for an end to American military exercises.”

“Chinese experts on North Korea, however, were underwhelmed by the summit meeting’s outcome.”

“Well below my expectation,” Cheng Xiaohe of Renmin University said of the joint statement. “Full of empty talk that has already been said before. So far Trump has failed to prove himself a dealmaker.”

Link to entire report: Live Updates: Trump to Suspend Military Exercises on Korean Peninsula


  1. Far as I can tell, nothing substantial took place at this summit. It was all pomp and circumstance, or possibly circumcision. Trump knows nothing about negotiation, but he does know how to play to his trump-pets.

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    • Dear Rawgod,

      President Trump like any good negotiator needs to know something about the subject matter at hand. The best he could have done with these set of circumstances was, DO NO HARM.

      It looks like besides dishing all the US allies at the G7 summit and then surprising the S Korean military that there will be no more joint military exercises between it and USA, that’s the limit of his harm.

      This president cannot be let out the door. How long before US Secretary Pompeo who kissed up to President Trump will be calling the president the same name that Tex Tillerson did?

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    This meeting was full of pomp and ceremony and photo op’s. However, one can really have ground to question what was actually accomplished? Other than, as could be expected, a sales pitch from King Donnie more or less asking for a franchise to open a beach front hotel and probably golf course in N. Korea! Because we were already aware of the collapse of the test facility in N. Korea, and it’s photo op destruction, what are we really gaining toward the removal of weapons of mass destruction? You might note that there has been no mention of ensuring that the weapons or missile’s are not simply camouflaged out of sight..

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Its a good thing the expectations for this summit were pretty low to begin with as the results were underwhelming. It’s a start, nothing more.

      The president doesn’t have skills beyond a TV personality. His reality TV show “the Apprentice” was successful. If it is followed up by serious diplomacy, then this photo-op was not a complete waste. The trouble is that under President Trump’s administration, the diplomatic corp in the US State Department is virtually non-existent.

      The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cannot do this solo mio.

      Hugs, Gronda


  3. Gronda, I think Trump deserves credit for meeting with Kim and taking thus first step. Moon deserves a lot of credit as do Tillerson and Pompeo. But, clearly the big winner is Kim. The meeting gave him legitimacy without giving up much too this point. He can now with with Xi and Putin to pressure the lowering of sanctions.

    I found it interesting that Beijing was aware of the cessation of “war games” before it was announced. One of the North Korean negotiators leaked it to them. So, a more vibrant North Korea fits in nicely with an ascendant China. Keith

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    • Dear Sir, actually, cessation of the “war games” is more important to Xi Ji Ping than to NK. It is my belief, that is what Kim was asked to obtain in his prior “secret” visit to China prior to all this. When he needed advice, and an aeroplane with which to attend. It should have been on USA’s diplomatic radar of the prior meetings. Perhaps the USA diplomatic service is still suffering from lack of personnel, and lack of communications with the appropriate security services.

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      • Dear Gary J.,

        You are absolutely right on! President Trump caved on the issue of joint military exercises with S Korea as a concession to China. He had planned to do this before he shook hands with Kim Jong-un.

        Hugs, Gronda


    • Dear Keith,

      As a former professional sales person, President Trump is the worst of the used car salesmen who everyone loves to hate. He’ll tell, lie, push, do anything to get that sale but it is that one time sale.This crass salesperson has no concept of relationship sales.

      On this deal with the N Korean leader, he gave away the ship before he even got started.

      While President Trump is great at marketing, thinking big and making things happen by the force his strong personality, and he is knowledgeable about constructing buildings, that’s the end of his capabilities. He’s a lousy manager, a cheat etc.

      He is a disaster in any protracted, complicated deal where a basic subject matter level of comprehension is required.

      That he had the nerve to criticize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with what he delivered from the summit meeting with President Kim Jong-un, is unbelievable and a disgrace.

      Hugs, Gronda


      • Gronda, he keeps telling us what a great negotiator he is, but frankly I think that is also oversold. He legitimized Kim for not much. But, the best outcome is they are talking and not measuring who has the bigger button. I fear Trump more than Kim, as doing something provocative would be a huge mistake on his part.

        But, we are playing right into China’s hands with the worst actions being treating our allies so poorly. Keith

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        • Keith I totally agree with you, but we also have to understand Trump’s motivations. The reason he is seemingly antagonistic toward the EU, Canada, Mexico (our traditional allies) is b/c he has an anti-globalist agenda.

          Read this article if you want to understand Trump policy and why his populist base is so supportive of him:

          Trumpism in Europe
          “Fake elites create their own realities” — so said the billionaire businessman turned politician with a heartfelt streak of the populist and an occasional motor-mouth to get him into hot water. He transformed an entire political landscape while campaigning for the rights of the domestic worker versus global labor, against the EU, against international interventionism and for strongly vetted immigration as part of a maverick agenda to shake up and stay aloof of the post-war international system.


        • Your point is well taken. Trump played these people using their fears and simplify a complex situation that has several trend factors and dates back to the early 1980s and even before. The best example is to trace the textile industry as one that has always chased cheap labor – closed factories in England, then closed factories in New England, next closed factories in the Carolinas. Jobs moved to China, then Vietnam and Bangladesh. The decline in the US is due to CEOs wanting to cut cost, trade issues, but moreso technology issues. Trump made it all about immigration and trade, but the cost cutting and technology has more to do with it.

          If they did a little digging, Trump supporters would recognize a man who cheats, lies and sues contractors driving them out of business, someone who had illegal immigrants come in at night to destroy a building’s artistic façade that he was court ordered to save, and someone who has twice lost court cases for discriminatory lending practices. And, none of this is fake news.

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  4. As far as I’m concerned Trump is always on Putin’s timetable. When you know the outcome of a meeting you don’t have to prep. Trump knew what he was walking into and Kim played his role perfectly. Trump is reshaping our foreign policy. If Kim’s goal is a U.S. that spits on human rights the got everything he wanted.

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    • Dear Rob,

      President Trump couldn’t have made Russia’s President Putin and China’s leader Xi Jinping, any more pleased with his deal with N Korea. When President Trump canceled future military exercises with S Korea and other allies, he was using the rhetoric of China and N Korea.

      What human rights?

      Hugs, Gronda

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