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Talking to the media in a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump asserted that abandoning of the nuclear deal has helped to tone down the aggressive posture which Iran maintained earlier. He further stated that the precedence will assist in the negotiations with North Korea to reach an outcome which will be in the best interest of the United States and its allies. He held a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister to take the long-term U.S. ally in Asia on board before leaving for Singapore to meet Kim Jong un.
Japan has been concerned about the existential threat it faced from North Korea since the summit was announced. The notion that Trump might cut a deal with Kim to strip North Korea of the intercontinental ballistic missiles, which threaten the United States, was shared by Japan and other U.S. allies in the Asia. It would still leave North Korea with short range missiles, which it can use to bully the countries in the vicinity such as Japan which happens to have several terrestrial and maritime disputes with North Korea.
The prime minister also raised the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, an issue which has the great significance as far as the domestic politics of Japan is concerned. President Trump assured him that the U.S. will be looking out for a solution which is acceptable and in the best interest of everyone. Another important development of media talk is that Trump has finally seemed to realize that working out the plans to eliminate all the nukes which North possess is going to be a time-consuming process.
North Korea has not only had a tumultuous course with the U.S. ally South Korea but also already possess more than 10 nuclear devices. The odds simply do not add up to the calculation while trying to equate both the countries.
It was endorsed by his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who stated that it is an understanding in the U.S. administration that stripping North Korea of all the nuclear weapons, it has managed to develop over the decades, could take years. President Donald Trump hinted that the summit might result in a peace declaration which will formally end the Korean War after six decades. But the long-term objective of denuclearization, he agreed, would be a gradual process towards peace.
This can be achieved through the, from the words he used, “moderate success,” of the prospects of the upcoming summit of June 12. He expressed hope that if dialogue went ahead as planned, the next meet up between him and Kim Jong un might take place at the White House. However, President Trump’s claim of putting Iran back to its place by abandoning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran’s nuclear deal as it is commonly known, lacks evidential backing. It was only after his announcement of walking away from the deal, Iran used rockets against the Israeli Defense Forces installments at Golan Heights.
Just a couple of days ago Iran announced the inauguration of new enrichment facility which will enhance its ability to enrich uranium, the core element to build a nuclear bomb. Iran continues its support for it proxies inside Syria and Yemen. All these events suggest a scenario which is completely opposite to what President Trump is claiming. Donald Trump repeatedly talks of his action toward Iran’s nuclear deal and the way it will help to forge the benchmark for his negotiations with Kim Jong un. With this in mind, Iran is a state with just the desire to get nuclear equipped while having a certain interest in the Middle East.
Talking to the media in a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump asserted that abandoning of the nuclear deal has helped to tone down the aggressive posture which Iran maintained earlier.
On the other hand, North Korea has not only had a tumultuous course with the U.S. ally South Korea but also already possess more than 10 nuclear devices. The odds simply do not add up to the calculation while trying to equate both the countries. Secondly, walking away from the deal which was spearheaded by the Obama administration has given the notion that any deal a country signs with the United States is administration dependent.
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There is a possibility of an agreement being terminated once the administration changes. Since it happens every 4 years, in case the President does not get reelected, long-term hope cannot be tied to any document of understanding. It might cause Kim Jong un to feel reluctant before going on to yield what he calls a “guarantee for the future generation of North Korea;” the nuclear arsenal.