Crucial US-North Korea talks today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jun 2018 08:51:53



US offers ‘unique’ security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts a ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible’ denuclearisation THE US on Monday offered “unique” security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts a “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearisation as the two sides made progress in their talks ahead of a much publicised historic summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un here.

On the eve of the summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island, Trump hoped that a “nice” outcome could be reached from what he said would be a “very interesting meeting” with Kim on Tuesday. Later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the preparatory talks were “moving quite rapidly” and he expected them to reach what he called “a logical conclusion” even earlier than the US anticipated. “A complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea is the only outcome that the US will accept at the summit,” Pompeo told reporters at a press conference.

He said that the US is willing to offer North Korea“unique” security guarantees that are “fundamentally different from before” to achieve denuclearisation. “We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them,” Pompeo said.

However, sanctions on North Korea will remain until that has been achieved, he said. “President Trump believes that Kim has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country,” Pompeo said.

“The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world,” he said. He said previous American adminis - trations have been duped by North Korea but the Trum p Administration has got expert s on non-proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction on the ground to verify Pyongyang’s willingness to denuclearise.

Pompeo said that President Trump i s fully prepared for the meetin g with Kim. National Security Council spokesman Robert Palladino said President Trump intends to meet one on one with Kim. “We can expect a one on one at the beginning,” Palladin o said.

The diplomats from the two sides are engaged in hectic parleys behind closed doors to narrow their differences . Sung Kim,a former US ambassador to South Korea who has beenleadingtheUSint alkswith North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart.

The summit could lay the ground work for ending a nuclear stand-off between the two countries and see Pyongyang dismantle its arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

A peace treaty ending the 1950-53 Korean War may also be on the table. North an d South Koreas remain technically at war as the conflictended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. “Wide-ranging and profound views on th e issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durablepeace-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,” the State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English. Both Trump and Kim separately met Singapore Prime Minister LeeHsien-loong and thanked him for hosting the summit as if it was “their ow n family affair”.

“If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean Government’s effort will be recorded in history forever,” Kim said. The summit - the first between a sitting US President and the Nort h Korean leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

Trump had called Kim “Little Rocket Man”and threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen ” on North Korea as it conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of international warnings.In return,Kim called Trump “mentally deranged ”and a “dotard” .