The human rights violations of North Korea can not be ignored because if we pretend that Kim Jong Un is going to denuclearize, that he's going to start treating the rest of the world well, then we have to pretend like he's not out there killing his own people.
Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore - the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of USA prisoners - there's one more: its long record of risky cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the US and allied nations.
Trump said near the end of his talk with Kim, "I said 'Will you do me a favor?" I think Donald Trump needs to understand the difference there. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. "I want my people to do the same", he added.
It also raised questions about whether Mr. Trump's outreach to the North actually signalled a broader American retreat from the region. Really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected.
"This is exactly what they want to see: the United States doing less militarily in northeast Asia", said Michael Fuchs, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who was a deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the Obama administration.
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'One broadcast said: "He gave up so much,"' Trump vented.
The paper said that without mutual respect of sovereignty, it is impossible to truly realize cooperation and exchanges and establish solid relations between countries. Slightly more than 2 in 3 Republicans (68 percent) now say it is likely that North Korea will dismantle its nuclear program completely, an increase of 29 percentage points since April.
"Our top priority is securing the long-term survival of North Korea's regime, and it was not on our mind (before the talks with Kim and Xi in Dalian) to demand a halt to U.S".
"There isn't any military solution on the Korean Peninsula", University of Chicago history professor Bruce Cumings, one of the world's leading Korea scholars, said on "Democracy Now!"
According to a survey from Morning Consult, Politico, over half of respondents said the recent summit was "very or somewhat successful", while just 24% said it was unsuccessful.
US and South Korean forces have trained together for decades, and routinely rehearse everything from beach landings in the North to pre-emptive "decapitation" strikes targeting the North Korean regime.
There are some topics that presidents should just not joke about publicly lest they make allies nervous or embolden adversaries, Litt told Reuters. Kim is nearly certainly seeking it quite consciously, although it's unlikely that Trump has ever thought of it in these terms.
Trump faced backlash for his decision to cease joint military exercises with the Japanese and South Korean military on the peninsula when the decision was made public earlier this week.