Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Singapore Summit Was All About Reaffirming The Panmunjom Declaration And To Open The Door For Direct U.S. - North Korean Talks

President Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their expanded bilateral meeting. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pepe Escobar, Asia Times: The key word in the Trump-Kim show

By reaffirming the Panmunjom Declaration, the US President has committed to bringing its military back from South Korea and thus a complete denuclearization of the South as well as the North.

The Trump-Kim geopolitical reality-TV show – surreal for some – offered unparalleled entries to the annals of international diplomacy. It will be tough to upstage the US President pulling an iPad and showing Kim Jong-un the cheesy trailer of a straight-to-video 1980s B-grade action movie – complete with a Sylvester Stallone cameo – casting the two leaders as heroes destined to save the world’s 7 billion people.

Away from the TV, the former “Rocket Man”, now respectfully recast in Trump terminology as “Chairman Kim”, did strike a formidable coup by completely erasing the dreaded acronym CVID – or “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” – from the final text of the Singapore joint statement.

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WNU Editor: I have been asked to provide an example that illustrates how different the post-Singapore Summit coverage has been between the Asian Press, and the Western Press. The above analysis is from the Asia Times, and in my opinion its observations are spot on .... unlike the garbage that I have been reading and listening to non-stop from U.S. and Canadian sources since the end of the summit. So read it .... and try to find something similar in the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington Post, and all the alphabet networks.


B.Poster said...

If this analysis is accurate, it appears the summit is simply an affirmation of what SK and NK have already agreed to. This should finish exploding the myth that SK was somehow betrayed as the US is simply reaffirming what our ally wanted.

Furthermore it appears, from this analysis, that Russia and China have been heavily involved in the process at all phases. So much for the idea that they've been "left out" as was the theme of one your earlier posts today.

Also, it seems the suspension of war drills (I HATE the term "games" when used to describe war preparations) was part of a framework all parties agreed on. So much for the idea SK was caught off guard. Even if they were they shouldn't have been as a suspension of war drills in this situation would've been common sense.

It appears the framework has a mechanism whereby US troops are withdrawn. I'm pleased to see this as any resolution of this conflict that doesn't include this would be incomplete at best.

After decades of perpetual war especially through the first two decades of the 21st century, a worn down military, massive national debt, and infrastructure that badly needs upgrades America MUST have peace. DJT's approach here seems to be based upon this realization. While the approach could be flawed, once it is understood that the approach is based on the realization that America needs peace I think it can be understood.

For what its worth, the author of the article calls the video that Trump was alleged to have shown Kim as "cheesy." That's actually being kind. The video was quite bad!!

Antitroll said...

Hopefully WNU editor stops using these north American sources. Media is full of lies.

War News Updates Editor said...

They actually do feel left out (for now). But as I have mentioned more than once .... everyone knows that in the end .... this has to be sorted out by China, the two Koreas, Japan, and Russia. The U.S. role .... once the nuclear and missile threat has been degraded .... will slowly start to dissipate. And I do not think that is a bad thing.

fred lapides said...

Western press all bad; far east all bs comes out of Asia...that being so, why do those I know in Pacific area nations all need to use VPNs?

B.Poster said...


I fully agree with you. US forces are in SK to contain the posed by NK so once the threat is degraded, of course the US role will dissipate. I view this as not merely not a "bad thing" but a "good thing" actually. Most Americans, at least those who aren't ideologically blind or have other agendas once this explained properly will agree with me.

I also agree with you on who must sort this out. SK still holds grudges against Japan for WW2. How ready are they to sort anything out?

I am a bit puzzled as to how China and Russia could possibly feel left out, at least if this report is to be believed. It seems they've been heavily involved. This would be hardly surprising to me as for this process to work their support is going to be needed.