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‘Optimism light into darkish nightmare’, Pyongyang says 2 years after Trump-Kim summit

‘Optimism faded into dark nightmare’, Pyongyang says 2 years after Trump-Kim summit


Pyongyang has obtained no substantive concessions from the US within the two years because the Singapore peace summit, so Donald Trump is not going to be given anymore free diplomatic wins, the North Korean international minister says.

Two years in the past, a private assembly between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Chief Kim Jong-un gave hope for improved relations between their two nations. Now, with no progress in sight, Pyongyang doubts that it is smart to “maintain fingers,” Overseas Minister Ri Son-gwon mentioned.

The hopes of the 2018 Singapore summit “shifted into despair” and “even a slim ray of optimism for peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula has light away right into a darkish nightmare,” the minister mentioned in an announcement relayed by state information company KCNA.

Pyongyang has supplied numerous unilateral concessions to Washington, together with shutting down a nuclear check website, returning the stays of American troopers who died in the course of the Korean Conflict, releasing “convicted felons of US nationality,” and suspending all nuclear and missile assessments, Ri mentioned. These have been all claimed by the Trump administration as diplomatic wins, however North Korea obtained nothing in return.

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As a substitute, Washington continued to threaten Pyongyang with its nuclear weapons whereas pumping up the South Korean navy with superior offensive {hardware}, “burdening” its authorities with the “fee of an astronomical amount of cash.”

With no enhancements made for North Korea, “the query is whether or not there can be a have to hold holding fingers shaken in Singapore,” the diplomat mentioned.

Nothing is extra hypocritical than an empty promise.

Ri didn’t define any concrete coverage modifications that might come from Pyongyang now, however he did point out that, opposite to the US’ insistence on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, his nation’s strategic aim is “to construct up extra dependable power to deal with the long-term navy threats from the US.”

The summit in Singapore was hailed by many media shops as a historic occasion, ushering in a interval of detente after a time of significantly excessive tensions between the US and North Korea. However even at the moment, skeptics identified that no substantive shift got here from the assembly.

Washington insists on the overall dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, which is perceived by its management as the one factor that may deter a possible invasion by the US and its allies.

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