For Japan and South Korea, nuclear threat far from over

President Trump Said He Wants People to 'Sit Up at Attention' for Him Like They Do for Kim Jong Un

For America's allies in Asia, the outcome of President Trump's summit meeting with Kim Jong-un has been decidedly mixed.

The good news is that war on the Korean peninsula looks far less likely than a few months ago. But he also maintained that the Trump-Kim meeting had reduced the chance of conflict even if it was only a "modest start".

About one in five (21 per cent) say it was a success for the United States, and almost three in 10 (29 per cent) say it was a success for North Korea.

In reply, the US president broached his plans to end the joint military exercises at a news conference after the summit, saying it was not appropriate to negotiate while staging "war games".

Transparently, he does not want a war with the United States.

In his almost three minute video message, Trump talked about his recent summit meeting with Kim. "He's the head of a country". Trump's announcement that he would halt the exercises appeared to catch Pentagon officials unaware.

Now that China has successfully brought itself back into the negotiations, it could use its position for leverage in other areas of its relationship with the USA, he said.

Kim Jong Un, amusing guy.

How embarrassing it would be for Trump to resume insulting the great Korean leader.

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The biggest beneficiary of an American withdrawal would be China. Then North Korea sent out peace feelers. The removal of American troops from South Korea, held out by Mr. Trump as a possibility, is a long-held goal of Beijing.

"In Trump's case, you can not analyze his behaviors rationally because they're not rational" he explained.

Trump's former ghostwriter claims the president would like to rule like a dictator.

Immediately after the announcement on June 12, United States forces in Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to. He went even further, repeating his desire to pull US troops out of Korea (although not immediately) and emphasizing his desire to save money by so doing. North Korean exploits have included the damaging 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks, intrusions into banks in more than a dozen countries to heist millions of dollars over the last few years, and continually brazen cyberattacks on South Korean computer networks. Later, he told reporters: "I was kidding".

The summit agreement lacked specificity in terms of that timetable or more critically the outline of the verification program North Korea is prepared to accept.

The newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, The Rodong Sinmun, published an article which said the "unilateral demands" based on military and economic superiority undermine the sound development of global relations.

Some analysts in Japan suspect that reveals his real intentions and that North Korea is just a convenient excuse for doing what he has wanted to do all along. In the case of North Korea, long-established relationships can be wrecked, governments can collapse and possibly war-with potentially millions of casualties-can result. "This is his own pet favourite idea".

"This summit marked a new beginning for relations between the United States and North Korea and it opened the path for a future for all Koreans, north and south".

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