Rodman's trip was sponsored by PotCoin, a cryptocurrency company that gives marijuana businesses access to banking as an alternative to many financial institutions that will not do business with cannabis companies because marijuana is illegal under US federal law.
But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint US and South Korean military exercises in exchange for a continued freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile testing, accompanied by no concrete North Korean commitment to freeze further development of its nuclear and missile programs".
Trump also called the war games "provocative" and "inappropriate", echoing language both Beijing and Pyongyang have used to characterise the annual war games that have been conducted for decades. That terminology, as former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Sue Mi Terry of the Center for Strategic and International Studies points out, is straight out of North Korean propaganda.
Trump's use of the term "provocative" marked a notable break with past USA policy in itself.
The summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been canceled once. -North Korea summit would be back on track following the two Koreas' surprise summit on May 26.
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Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".
Loosening tensions, and therefore potentially decreased sanctions, could lead to an economic boom for this Chinese city, which facilitates the passage of about 70% of goods entering North Korea. "I don't know anything about him being a dictator", Rodman said Tuesday. He didn't meet Kim, but met with the minister of sports.
Even if Trump was simply musing about the possibility, doing so in public has consequences. Unlike Trump, Obama brushed off Rodman's efforts to act as a mediator between Kim and the United States. Just as South Korea is threatened by North Korea, Israel is threatened with nuclear weapons by Iran, he said, adding that: "We must put an end to this".
Secretary Pompeo would have his work cut out for him in any case. A favored USA slogan in South Korea is "ready to fight tonight".
"It's incredible, it's between China and South Korea".
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"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Responding, Wallace said: "You used some very strong words, "stab in the back", "a special place in hell".
"As negotiations now advance, there is only one acceptable final outcome: complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", said Ryan, R-Wisc. That was Pompeo's formulation before the meeting started, and it remained the administration's stated goal afterwards.
Tuesday saw Trump describe Kim as "a very talented man" and say he had "developed a very special bond" with the DPRK leader.
"And I tried to do that with Obama".
After the summit, Trump said the process of repatriating remains would begin immediately.
"It's wonderful when I said those things [.] When I went back home I got so many death threats [.] I couldn't even go home I had to hide out for 30 days", he recalled through tears. And that is not where Trump wanted to be.
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The election's votes were initially counted electronically, and parliament has since called for a full recount. Opponents of the recount have pointed out that many of those who voted for it lost seats in the election.