World The Trump-Kim Summit Was a Month Ago. Little Has Changed So Far.

05:05  10 july  2018
05:05  10 july  2018 Source:   time.com

Putin says summit with Trump 'very successful'

  Putin says summit with Trump 'very successful' Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said his summit meeting with US leader Donald Trump was "very successful", following several hours of talks in Helsinki.The leaders touched on issues including tensions on the Korean peninsula and the situation in Syria during their first summit, Putin said at a joint press conference."I consider them (the talks) very successful and useful," Putin said, praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit.He said Trump had raised accusations of Russian interference in US elections."I had to repeat what I have already said many times before -- the Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs," Putin said."It is obvious to everyone that bilateral ties are going through a difficult period. However there are no objective reasons for these difficulties, the current tense atmosphere," he said. Putin suggested special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into interference in the November 2016 vote, send Moscow a request to interview the Russians he suspects of meddling. In response to a question about whether he had wanted Trump to win the election, Putin said he did, because the businessman had pledged to improve ties between Washington and Moscow.Putin praised cooperation between Russian and US security services, adding that he favoured continued cooperation in "the fight against terror and ensuring cyber security".The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said separately that the talks were "better than super" in comments reported by Russian news agencies.

Little Has Changed So Far . By W.J. Hennigan. The diplomatic divide served as another indicator that the two long-time adversaries were no closer to détente despite last month ’s agreement between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit in

More critical, in Trump 's telling, was the development of a personal bond with Kim , a brutal dictator responsible for the deaths not only of his own citizens but of at least one American, Otto The remarks came amid an improbable series of events that few could have anticipated even three months ago .

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L), North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, return to discussions after a break at Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 7, 2018. © ANDREW HARNIK—AFP/Getty Images US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L), North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, return to discussions after a break at Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 7, 2018.

After high-level diplomatic talks with North Korea took a contentious turn over the weekend, the Trump Administration remained optimistic that the isolated nation will disarm its growing nuclear arsenal.

North Korea accused the Administration of having a “gangster-like mindset” on Saturday following U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang. The censure was a stark contrast to the Pompeo’s description of the talks as “productive.”

Trump Tweets 'Very Nice Note' He Says He Got From Kim Jong Un

  Trump Tweets 'Very Nice Note' He Says He Got From Kim Jong Un North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter after last month’s summit in Singapore, saying the U.S. president’s “energetic and extraordinary efforts” in reshaping relations between the two countries will help create a “new future” for both sides. “The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey,” Kim wrote in the July 6 letter Trump posted on Twitter alongside an English translation on Thursday.

Full coverage of the Trump - Kim summit - live. Kim undertook to cooperate with the US in the recovery of remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean war, a longstanding US request that has so far produced only limited assistance.

Trump - Kim summit : meeting underway between US and North Korean leaders – live. Read more. After all, when North Korean fears reached fever pitch a few months ago , it wasn’t because of a spike in Pyongyang’s rhetoric. That has long been at a level of fire and fury that most of its neighbors

The diplomatic divide served as another indicator that the two long-time adversaries were no closer to détente despite last month’s agreement between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit in Singapore. The apparent deterioration in talks came as no surprise to many analysts who say any deal will take months, if not years, to complete.

“It not a revelation that the opening positions of these two nations don’t overlap very much, “said Thomas Countryman, a 35-year career diplomat who retired last year after leading the State Department’s nonproliferation efforts. “There is bound to be a rift when two nations don’t speak to one another for such a long period of time.”

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Trump: I would not have allowed Russia to annex Crimea

  Trump: I would not have allowed Russia to annex Crimea President Trump said early Thursday that he would not have allowed Russia to annex Crimea, stressing that it happened on "Barack Obama's watch." "That's an interesting question," he said when asked at the end of a tumultuous NATO summit in Brussels if he would recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea. "Long before I got here, President Obama allowed that to happen. That was on his watch, not on my watch.

Media captionTrump says Kim Jong-un's attitude changed after his second visit to China. US President Donald Trump has said there is a "very substantial chance" a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un next month may not happen.

Jae-in’s government in Seoul, which worked in recent months to help bring about the Trump - Kim summit . World stock markets were little changed on Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar rose slightly against an index of major currencies, as investors brushed aside the summit .

Many analysts, like Countryman, were skeptical that any real progress had been made between the two countries after the vague language of the summit agreement became public. The one-and-a-half page document had no timetable, no milestones, or specifics on what had to be done. It was a far-cry from the agreement made during the so-called Six–Party Talks in 2005, which ultimately fell apart amid demands for a rigorous inspection and verification regime.

Meanwhile, satellite images posted online by researchers show North Korea continuing to expand a ballistic missile manufacturing site while also upgrading a separate nuclear facility.

Trump tweeted Monday that he had “confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea.”

The term “denuclearization,” mean different things to Washington and Pyongyang, analysts say. For the U.S., it means North Korea will abandon its nuclear program and give up its arsenal under what it calls a “complete, verifiable, and irreversible” process. For North Korea, it means the U.S. will abandon its decades-long guarantee to defend a non-nuclear ally South Korea, which has thus far not been discussed.

Robert Carlin, a former CIA and State Department analyst, said there was “from the start, a fundamental disconnect in the two side’s understanding of the outlines of what had been agreed to in Singapore.” But he remained optimistic that the “two sides have made progress narrowing the gap on how the negotiations would proceed, how to measure progress, and how progress on one front can support progress on the others,” he said in a post to 38north.org, a North Korea-focused website that’s affiliated with Washington-based non-profit Henry L. Stimson Center.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said July 1 that the bulk of North Korea’s weapons programs could be dismantled within a year. But arms control analysts caution that delivering any sort of blow to Pyongyang’s sprawling missile and nuclear weapon infrastructure will take a herculean, years-long effort — the likes of which have never been seen before.

NYT: Trump told Putin some of his own aides are ‘stupid people’ .
President Trump dismissed some of his own aides during a phone call earlier this year with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "stupid people," The New York Times reported Monday. The Times, citing a source with direct knowledge of Trump's phone call in March, reported that the Russian president lamented that some White House officials tried to stop the conversation from even happening."Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them," Trump responded, according to The Times.

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