Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

The Singapore summit gave hope Tuesday to the families of the more than 7,000 US service members missing from the Korean War that they will finally get an accounting. It said the U.S.is "committed to provide security guarantees" and that Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Sputnik discussed the first ever summit between an incumbent USA president and a North Korean leader with Charles Armstrong, a historian and professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University.

Sputnik: Do you think there could be any other concessions, short of lifting sanctions, by the USA and/or other countries in the world, the United Nations and so forth?

Trump has in the past condemned it as one of the world's most brutal governments.

Overall, the post-summit statements from Trump and Kim are "bold" yet lack detail, reports the Times. "Something happened from that day, was a awful thing".

He called Warmbier's death "brutal", but noted that "a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including North Korea".

I think, suspending military exercises is the one thing the USA can rather un-problematically do in order to get concessions from North Korea, because lifting sanctions, at this point, before North Korea moves forward toward denuclearization, will encounter a lot of resistance from other people in the American political system.




Sputnik: How would you assess the agreement that they ended up signing?

"We had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind", said Kim afteward. "Hopefully something positive can come from this".

In April, the parents of Otto Warmbier sued the Pyongyang regime for the alleged torture and murder of their son.

The Warmbiers declined through the law firm representing them in a wrongful-death lawsuit to comment beyond the statement.

Warmbier was detained on January 2, 2016, as his tour group was departing, and accused of hostile acts against the country as an agent of the U.S. government - specifically, stealing a political poster from his hotel as a "trophy".

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and was charged with spying.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH said on Tuesday that the day he joined Warmbier's parents to welcome their son home almost a year ago "is a constant reminder to me about the evil nature of this regime".

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