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N. Korea will honor denuclearization ‘contract’: Trump!

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said today he has “confidence” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will honor the denuclearization “contract” they signed, but that China may be seeking to undermine a deal.

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The US president and North Korean strongman met in Singapore almost a month ago for an unprecedented summit between sitting leaders of the two countries, which resulted in a general joint declaration that did not include a timetable or concrete commitments from North Korea on denuclearization.”I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake,” Trump tweeted, emphasizing the importance he places on personal relationships.

“We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea,” he wrote, despite the fact that the declaration signed by the two leaders refers to the denuclearization of the “Korean peninsula” – a vaguer formula that leaves room for various interpretations.

Trump also expressed doubts about Beijing’s attitude toward the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, suggesting that China could play a counterproductive role due the trade war that has seen the world’s two largest economies slap tariffs on each other’s goods.

“China, on the other hand, maybe exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!” Trump wrote. Despite Trump’s confidence that Kim is committed to giving up nuclear weapons, the reconciliation process between the US and North Korea was thrown into crisis on Sunday when Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington’s “unilateral and gangster-like” demand for rapid nuclear disarmament.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.