Trump suggests China might be interfering on North Korea

Trump suggests China might be interfering on North Korea

US President Donald Trump has said he has "confidence" that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will honor the denuclearisation "contract" they signed, but that China may be seeking to undermine a deal.

Trump had said during the Singapore summit that economic sanctions would remain in effect until North Korea reverses its nuclear programme, adding that there were no short-term plans to reduce the number of United States troops - some 28,500 - stationed in South Korea. But he tweeted, "Hope Not!"

The President's comments come just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang, meeting with high-ranking North Korean leaders to advance their commitment to abandon Kim's nuclear weapons program.

North Korea, however, issued a harsh characterization of the negotiations, raising questions about the future talks as USA officials seek an end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

North Korea's statement bashed hopes for a quick deal and is sure to fuel growing skepticism in the US over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal. When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearization, they did not push back.

Speaking to Fox News, Graham said that the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is the major reason for the pushback by Pyongyang.

Those include the formation of working group to determine exactly how North Korea's denuclearization will be verified and a Thursday meeting with Pentagon officials to discuss the return of remains of Americans soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that the setback in talks between the United States and North Korea could be blamed on China.

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"There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization, that's what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to", he said Sunday.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter there was a danger of military action because Trump might now say he had tried diplomacy but was betrayed by Kim.

North Korea has long trumpeted a denuclearisation goal, but one that it sees as a lengthy process of undefined multilateral disarmament on the entire Korean peninsula, rather than a unilateral dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal.

Pompeo was in North Korea over the weekend meeting with officials, not Kim himself, to discuss the return of the remains of USA soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and to further press for the dismantling of a North Korean missile engine test site. We are in a fight with China.

The top US diplomat continued to describe his conversations with senior North Korean officials as "productive", even as North Korea attacked the USA negotiating stance. We buy $500 billion worth of goods from the Chinese. "We've got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade".

"Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius", writes Boot.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of a comprehensive resolution of issues related to North Korea during his meeting with Pompeo.

"I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding", said CNN global affairs analyst Joseph Yun, a former top United States diplomat on North Korea policy.

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