Commemorative Coin Struck for Trump-Kim Summit

  • Commemorative Coin Struck for Trump-Kim Summit

Commemorative Coin Struck for Trump-Kim Summit

Speaking on Twitter, South Korean-based professor of political science Robert E Kelly said that US President Trump's much-trumpeted claims that he had brought North Korea leader Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table were lies.

"We have seen a repeated pattern of North Korea's tactic of negotiations, which tends to drag the time until the very last minute when they decide what they can accept and do not", Oh says.

China has been a key player in the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" strategy to put increasing economic and diplomatic sanctions on Pyongyang until it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone over the weekend and will meet at the White House on Tuesday to "continue their close coordination ahead of President Trump's June 12 meeting" with Kim, according to a White House news release.

But statements last week from North Korea indicated otherwise.

In a sense, the Moon-Trump discussions - especially about the terms on which the North will denuclearise - and North Korea's response to their agreement might determine the fate of the denuclearisation talks.

The Trump administration's maximalist position on denuclearization - refusing any sanctions relief until North Korea denuclearizes - has irked North Korea, which is advocating for a phased approach to denuclearization and sanctions relief. During then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to New Delhi past year, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj convinced him of the need for India to maintain a diplomatic presence in North Korea by underlining that "embassies of some of your [US] friendly countries should remain there so that some channels of communication remain open". The statements accuse South Korea of disregarding the newly-minted Panmunjom declaration by allowing U.S. This led to the announcement of a U.S. Pyongyang has also taken strong exceptions to military drills between the US and South Korea. The United States and South Korea, on the other hand, have insisted the drills are purely for defense purposes, and part of their 1953 mutual defense agreement.

"China and USA ties have been strained recently due to USA trade deficit".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a swearing in ceremonies for new CIA Director Gina Haspel at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, on May 21, 2018.

Still, China has a strong interest in shaping any potential deal. Home sales in the Chinese border city of Dandong are already surging on hopes trade between the two countries might increase.

North Korea also threatened to cancel the summit with Trump, but US officials cited Friday by The Wall Street Journal indicated that the USA agreed not to send nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the joint exercise with South Korea because Pyongyang considers them provocative.

China also shares the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. "This scenario isn't likely, but we need to beware".