Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Trump's use of 'provocation' threatens North Korea peace talks

Clocks show time in Seoul left and Pyongyang at the Peace House in the demilitarised zone in the border village N.Korea says denuclearization pledge not result of US.-led sanctions
Ray Hunter | 09 May, 2018, 01:00

On the top of the vexing issues facing the upcoming Trump-Kim summit could be the full scope of the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula.

Amidst preparations for a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang has criticized, what it called "misleading" claims that Trump's policy of exerting maximum political pressure and sanctions have brought North to the negotiating table and called it a "provocation".

This graphic image shows U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Both leaders of the North and South did sign the Panmunjom Declaration on April 27 to begin the reconciliation process between both sides according to Business Insider.

Other less dramatic but notable signs of rapprochement have emerged nearly daily, including North Korea moving its clocks forward by 30 minutes early Saturday to match time with the South.

Trump told reporters on Friday that arrangements for the meeting had been set but didn't elaborate any further.

Trump and national security adviser John Bolton denied the report.

There has been much speculation over the location of historic summit.

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Moon is expected to play the role of mediator, conveying to Kim what Trump is willing to give the North in return for denuclearization, as well as to recommend that Kim express a clear and firm intention to denuclearize during his meeting with Trump. In addition, officials from the two countries have held already held talks several times there and Singapore has a history of hosting summits for leaders of other countries.

Business Insider states plans for the next summit with the USA will be discussed in hopes to achieve an "official end to the Korean War". They also agreed to denuclearize the peninsula and to dismantle a North Korean nuclear missile testing site, but details have yet to be worked out. But the two superpowers would have to participate in any peace negotiation because they also signed the 1953 armistice. "The US is also moving to aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula by deploying strategic assets on the Peninsula and increasing its attempt of taking up the "human rights" issue against Pyongyang", said the spokesman.

What can weigh heavily on these positive notes is the position of the U.S., when President Trump will hold a summit with the North Korean leader.

South Korean soldiers take down a propaganda loudspeakers on the border with North Korea on May 1, 2018 in Paju, South Korea.

But the North Korean spokesman said Sunday that movement of US military assets in the region and talk of human rights violations also have hurt the peace process.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", the statement read. "I think we are going to do just fine", the president said in a speech on April 28, commenting on the potential for peace in Korea. "Good things are happening, but only time will tell!"

He added: "Stayed tuned".

Trump hinted at their impending release last week, tweeting, "Stay tuned!"

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