Kim Agrees To Visit US, Confirms Inviting Trump To Pyongyang

Update: As North Korea's day begins, Kim is on the wires reiterating Trump's comments, underlining the need for North Korea and US to "take practical measures" to follow through on the topics discussed in Singapore.

According to KCNA, Kim said it was "urgent for North Korea and US to make the bold decision to stop irritating and hostile military actions against each other," adding that "if the US takes genuine measures to build trust" then North Korea "can continue to show additional goodwill."

Finally, Kim said that Trump and he discussed "taking legal, institutional steps to guarantee commitment to avoid antagonizing each other."

And North Korean State media also reports that Kim Jong Un invited Trump to come to Pyongyang during the Singapore summit, and confirmed that he also agreed to visit The United States.

Trump also updated his status of the summit in tweet-form:

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While Trump was quick to take a victory lap after signing a non-binding letter (of intent) with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to implement the dunclearization of North Korea, several questions have emerged among which:

  • the lack of deal enforcement

  • the lack of verifiability of N.Korea's denuclearization efforts as part of the "Complete, Verifiable, Irreversible  Denuclearization" or CVID protocol

  • the legitimization of North Korea's regime

  • China's role in the process

  • the end of joint military drills with South Korea.

While Trump's response to most critics was that the process is just starting and that it will take time to denuclearize, where Trump will see the greatest amount of pushback is on the last bullet point. Speaking in an interview with George Stephanopoulos shortly after the one-on-one with Kim, when asked if there was talk of pulling U.S. troops out of South Korea, Trump said the topic didn't come up, however he said the following:

"We didn't discuss that, no. We're not going to play the war games... I thought they were very provocative. I also they're also very expensive."

In his press conference after the summit, Trump reiterated that the US would halt joint war games with South Korea, as Pyongyang has agreed to destroy a "major" missile testing site.

“We will be stopping the war games,” Trump said Tuesday during a news conference after four hours of meetings in Singapore with the North Korean leader. He offered no specifics about which exercises would be affected,.

According to Bloomberg, Trump’s announcement came as a surprise to the South Korean government.

"At this point, we need to know President Trump’s exact meaning or intentions,” according to a statement released by the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “However we think that it is crucial to pursue various solutions for better dialogue.”

Pressed on what the United States gets in exchange for halting the military exercises, Trump said "we haven't given up anything."

“At some point,” Trump said, “I want to bring our soldiers home. But that’s not part of the equation right now.”

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This is where Trump will get much pushback because in its commentary on Trump and Kim, Beijing said that this is "precisely that goal that China had always sought and worked hard for, and that as part of the final agreement, China also includes withdrawal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula, elimination of US-ROK military exercises, and dismantlement of US-ROK joint missile defense systems.

China also includes withdrawal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula, elimination of US-ROK military exercises, and dismantlement of US-ROK joint missile defense systems.

In other words, one could frame the summit as a victory for China which will soon see US presence in South Korea depart gradually (the same China which also carefully made its national interest clear when it brought Kim to Singapore).

Trump's take is that he knows "for a fact" that Kim is going to "start a process" when returns home that will "make a lot of people very happy and very safe."

And finally, there was another question mark: Trump and Kim capped off their summit Singapore by signing a statement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” for Pyongyang in exchange for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

“President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," the statement said.

It remains unclear what these "guarantees" are.

Going back to the Stephanopoulos interview, the ABC anchor asked how Trump could trust the brutal dictator.

"I do trust him," Trump said. "Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake. It's possible. We’re dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible."

He pressed the president on his previous criticism of North Korea's human rights abuses including starving his people, running labor camps and assassinating members of his own family.

"George, I'm given what I'm given," Trump said. "This is what we have, this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I’ve met him, I've spoken with him. I’ve met him. And this is, this has started early and it's been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea. I think he wants to de-nuke, without that, there's nothing to discuss. It was on the table from the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea – so important.

Trump added that he believes the North Korean leader "wants to do the right thing".

"Now, what it is I can’t talk about – it doesn’t matter," Trump said. "We’re starting from scratch. We’re starting right now, and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons."

"We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize," Trump said.

"He's de-nuking the whole place. I think he's going to start now. "Over my lifetime I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people and sometimes the people you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones and the people that you do trust turn out to be not the honorable ones," Trump said.

"I believe he wants to get it done."

It remains to be seen if the biggest "deal" of Trump's lifetime will also be his biggest blunder.

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GoFuqYourself Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:56 Permalink

Halting the war games was probably a hidden concession. Still, small price to pay for a start in a positive direction.  

 

It's not like we don't get enough practice at war...

Looney GoFuqYourself Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:01 Permalink

 

Trump also promised Little Kim a few things:

1.Build the Wall

2.Make Mexico pay for it

3.Repeal 0bamacare

4.Get out of Syria

5.Drain the Swamp

6.Swamp the Drain

In exchange, Kim Jong Un will vote for Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.   ;-)

Looney

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JimmyJones Billy the Poet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:17 Permalink

Awesome, I sincerely hope this moves forward in a positive way. Trump accomplished this step forward with Never Trump Rinos stabbing him in the back, the Leftist nut jobs and the MSM trying to undermine him at every occasion. Bravo.

Is it just me or do the Leftist act just like the Neo-cons today?  Should we call them the Left-Cons or Neo-Leftist-Cons?

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Adolfsteinbergovitch JimmyJones Tue, 06/12/2018 - 06:19 Permalink

You don't negotiate with Asian people the same way you do with Jewish and Zionist boys. 

Those criticizing Trump are a bunch of idiots who probably don't know Chinese culture is not about signing contacts but more into agreeing and respecting. What they call guanxi and it needs practice. It looks like Trump is on a good trajectory to accomplish something. 

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Billy the Poet beemasters Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:39 Permalink

I also have a list of criticisms despite your misconception that I am enamored of Trump. Is it possible that your senseless hatred of the man makes it impossible for you to understand that I have opposed him on the bombing of Syria and his support for Israel among other things?

If you loosened up a bit you might realize that Trump has done some good things. How do you feel about the "Right to Try" law, for example?

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beemasters Billy the Poet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

Sure, so we treat it on a case-by-case basis. In this case, I am predicting that he might reconsider military exercises after speaking with his neo-con friends. Why would you seem offended??? That only indicates one thing; that you are in danger of identifying with Trump - where any criticism of him is taken as a criticism of you...so much so that you feel the need to attack anyone who criticizes Trump. That's not healthy. Some people are beyond help.

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Keyser IridiumRebel Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:28 Permalink

I'm betting that Trump did not consult the generals on the Joints Chiefs about suspending the SK war games... I'll also bet that their hair is on fire over at the Pentagon right about now, along with the MIC suppliers that were doing Q3 forecasts based on munitions and supplies required for the exercises... Trump is right, the SK joint military exercises are provocative and expensive, just as they were designed to be and have no merit as long as negotiations are taking place... 

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Shillinlikeavillan Abaco Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

Dajew wants to get into NK pretty badly as they have all the rare earth metals and slave labor is awesome whilst also locking out china in the process... Locking china out is great, but bringing jewlogistics to NK will most likely be a "high with a crash", and during the crash dajews will gut the place during the night....

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tmosley wadalt Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:21 Permalink

When everything you see is absolute proof of your pet theory, but at the same time you are never able to correctly make predictions based on your pet theory, it is a strong indicator that you are suffering from cognitive bias and that your worldview is probably wrong.

Prediction: you won't be able to parse the content of this post.

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Dr. Acula tmosley Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

Theory: Trump is a big fat liar and a piece of shit.

Evidence: She's not locked up. Wall not built. Didn't pull out of Afghanistan. Still have Obamacare. Didn't bomb the shit out of ISIS. Goes along with fake gas attacks.

Prediction: She won't ever be locked up. Wall will never be built. Will never pull out of Afghanistan. Will never get rid of Obamacare. Will keep protecting ISIS. Will go along with new fake gas attacks.

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ravolla Mr. Universe Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

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Ross123 wadalt Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:30 Permalink

Do really think that is the end deal ??? If so, you have not been listening. President Trump has said right from the start that this will be the first of many meetings and a lot of work behind the scenes. No one expected anything to be signed in Singapore so the fact that a letter of intent was signed showed significant progress has been made --more than most thought even a month ago.

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PrayingMantis Shillinlikeavillan Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:42 Permalink

 

   ... “ ... "George, I'm given what I'm given," Trump said ... “ ...

 

     ... George Stephanopolous is a member of Council on Foreign Relations and. a Bilderberg groupie as well ... >>> https://www.cfr.org/membership-roster-q-u  ...

   ... >>> https://m.ranker.com/list/famous-bilderberg-group-members/user-x ... 

 

.... could Trump be “talking” directly to these “deep state” “exclusive clubs” via George, perhaps asking for a “go ahead and continue” signal from the Rothschild-directed shadow “powers” ?

 

   ... btw, if you look into the “R” listing of the CFR list of membership, you won’t find a “Rothschild” ... they hid it under “D” ... for “de Rothschild” ... representing the talmudic dynasty ...

     ... and if all goes through, a Rothschild-owned NK central bank will rise in Pyongyang ... and a Trump hotel too ... 

                        

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Chris2 Billy the Poet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

Kim himself is institutionalized. He did however attend boarding school in Switzerland. Trump said he had not slept in 25 hrs, I think because the stimulation was too much for Kim and he said he was leaving early. He even had to bring his own toilet.

This will go on for a bit, next time he will stay longer. It is very weird to grow up in a place like North Korea cut off from the world, even it's leaders. In the long run it will workout. The tariffs on China is why they cut Kim loose.

Thank you President Donald Trump.

Note to unhinged Marxists: Hate America won't move, you are the worst people in the world.

 

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beemasters Billy the Poet Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:27 Permalink

Can you come up with something that Hillary has done of which you approve? Neither would I because the things I would approve pale in comparison to what I find fishy about her words/actions. Same as Trump. In any case, this isn't about you, me or anyone in ZH nor about winning or losing. Please don't make it out to be that. It shouldn't be personal.
It is a fact that Trump "SUSPENDS" the war game. This is not, by any means, the termination of possible war games in the future. I think it's your irrational affinity for Trump that has tricked you into believing differently. But then, politicians are very good at those....ie. tricks.

PS> this is my last post here as it seems we're hijacking the thread unnecessarily.

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Billy the Poet beemasters Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

Can you come up with something that Hillary has done of which you approve? Neither would I

Her super-predators comments were spot on. Don't you agree?

 

It shouldn't be personal.

It's not personal. It's strictly business.

 

I think it's your irrational affinity for Trump that has tricked you into believing differently.

Please explain how my disgust with Trump for buddying up to Netanyahu is irrational.

 

PS> this is my last post here as it seems we're hijacking the thread unnecessarily.

Considering the fact that a large portion of comments are pure garbage (often intentionally so) I don't share your concerns.

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FBaggins Yogizuna Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

Equally provocative if NK continues with its missile testing. So both major parties, the US and NK, made some millage. The overall winners in all of this are NK and SK because even if NK was a puppet of one of the major powers, it was going nowhere while China and the rest of Asia continues to develop. SK manufacturing has a huge demographic problem and looks to the NK labour pool and resources. The US wants to see some opening up of NK for resource development. In the summit, the US was wise enough to leave the military threats at home and talk better business relations which is what everyone in area wants.

 

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