President Trump described his meeting with Kim Jong Un as “better than anyone could’ve expected.” The two met cordially for a handshake, and after a break for lunch they walked to what Trump described as a “signing.” Later, administration officials downplayed the significance of this, though a signing did ultimately take place.
This turned out to be a letter. President Trump said it was “very comprehensive,” and would be made public later in the day. He added that the process of denuclearization would begin very quickly. The letter also committed to this effort.
North Korean officials came into the meeting saying that they viewed success as the only option. While Kim admitted to challenges in getting the talks as far as they managed in such a short time, he also said that they had put the past behind them, and the world would see a “major change.”
Trump capped his post-lunch conference as saying the US relationship with the Korean Peninsula would be much different than it was in the past. He added that he had a “close relationship” with Kim now. He added he “absolutely will” invite Kim to the White House.
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Well that’s better than the Libya Option that Trumps advisors Pence and the mustached one were floating.
Kim willing to “begin quickly” the “denuclearization”. Did Trump mean to say: Begin very soon the denuclearization and bring it to completion very soon?
And is Trump straw-manning Kim? Seems so by positing a demand from Kim on day one.
And by doing this, was Trump introducing to Kim the first step of a twelve-step demand?
So, the Messianic mission did not start well. I am not surprised that Trump either misspoke or meant to say what he reportedly said.
Strawman and demand on day one? Expect more of it?!!!!
Eventually there will be an agreement because neither our governments nor those of North Korea can return to “who has the biggest finger on the button”. I have no idea what will be in it.
I’d be excited too if Trump hadn’t backed out of the JCPOA. Eventually any deal made with North Korea will be compared to the JCPOA which will make us look foolish and hypocritical.
this power of israel…
Israel supports the peace process with Korea. The Zionists do not want the US distracted from war with Iran. Regime change in Iran is the Zionists’ top priority.
The JCPOA was implemented by executive order, not by treaty. That is why Trump was able to cancel it. But a treaty ratified by the Senate becomes the law of the land. A treaty, especially if it is complemented by a law enacted by both houses of Congress, can only be undone by another law enacted by Congress. Since the days of Kim-Il-Sung the North Koreans have insisted on a treaty with the United States to end the Korean War providing for mutual recognition, economic aid to the North and demilitarization, including the withdrawal of US forces. I expect the North Koreans will hold onto their options until there is a final treaty signed by the President and ratified by Congress that provides specific security guarantees that can’t be unilaterally revoked by the US. The Supreme Court has ducked the issue of whether withdrawal from a treaty requires 2/3 approval by the Senate. Hoever, there is no doubt that if a treaty is complemented by a law enacted by both houses of Congress, then only another law can undo the treaty. I also expect the North Koreans have legal experts who will insure that the final deal is in a form that a US President cannot unilaterally revoke it.
Either way we look foolish and hypocritical if the eventual deal is similar to the JCPOA. Maybe even a bit more if it’s an actual treaty.
“The JCPOA was implemented by executive order, not by treaty.”
It was implemented by neither.
It was first implemented unilaterally by the US as a State Department Diplomatic Commitment, which could have been reversed by a future administration.
It was THEN implemented by the United Nations as a Security Council resolution. Those resolutions, per Article 25 of the UN Charter (which was ratified by the US Senate and became the law of the land more than half a century ago), are binding on all UN member states.
Trump didn’t “cancel” it. He merely put the US in violation of it. The only way to “cancel” it would be for the US to either convince the Security Council to repeal its resolution, or for the US to withdraw from the UN.
You are correct, Tom. Unfortunately only the Supreme Court could hold that the UN treaty binds the US to Security Council resolutions. And the Supreme Court has always ducked questions regarding executive prerogatives to abrogate treaties. But there is no doubt that Congress could enact a law that would prevent a President from abrogating a treaty.
No, the US Senate is responsible for enforcement of treaties. In this case, the UN treaty.
No, Dave, the Constitution is silent about the process for repealing a treaty ratified by 2/3 of the Senate. Presidents have terminated some treaties unilaterally. But the issue of who has the authority to terminate treaties has never been decided by the Supreme Court.
I vote ‘withdraw from the UN’.
Interesting how the media is all the sudden against this summit and ending hostilities with NK.
Give him his participation trophy, then get him out of the way.
he can’t even sign a peace deal without thinking about how to cash in:
copy & paste: Trump applauds North Korea’s ‘great beaches,’ says they would be a great location for condos and hotels
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