Arms control expert imagines the worst with North Korea
24 June, 2018, 21:32 | Author: Diane Mills
Regarding suspension of the exercises, South Korea's Defence Ministry said, "South Korea and the USA chose to delay two of KMEP (drills) indefinitely, which was going to take place within the next three months".
Earlier Saturday, Carroll denied a report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency that USA military vehicles carrying more than 200 caskets were planning to cross into North Korea on Saturday.
Richard Downes, whose father went missing in the Korean War and is president of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, was optimistic the Trump-Kim summit would lead to the return of more remains.
"This is a part of follow-up measures after the North Korea-U.S. summit and South Korea-North Korea summit".
At their summit, Kim and Trump signed a pledge "to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favored by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding USA demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's tour of Singapore's iconic landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands required no compelling narratives to explain more concretely to him the alternative path his state could pursue. While the US military preparations suggest that the repatriation of war remains could be imminent, it remains unclear when and how it would occur.
Pompeo said United States allies and North Korea's neighbour and ally China were supportive of the United States policy of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until its denuclearisation was complete.
Between 1990 and 1992, North Korea returned 46 sets of remains, according to the report. He said plans for the repatriation were "still preliminary". Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader's talks with Trump.
Kim's visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in USA efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. However, China is North Korea's biggest trading partner. Those priorities, from China's perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for United States troops to remain.
In late May, before the June 12 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, Pyongyang said it had fully demolished its only known nuclear test site. North Korea had long sought an end to the war games. China does not wish to fight a trade war but is not scared of one.
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