The Hanoi summit cast doubt on Kim's commitment to denuclearise
. There has been little progress since then, with Pyongyang resuming some limited testing of weapons and being aloof toward dialogue offers both from Washington and Seoul.
The sanctions have been imposed in a bid to get the reclusive state to denuclearise
. The US, especially, has been steadfast on its stance of granting sanctions relief only after Pyongyang has completely denuclearised.
Importantly, according to Trump, North Korea was willing to denuclearise
some 'areas' but not others of interest to the US: "They wanted sanctions lifted but they weren't willing to do [denuclearise] an area we wanted.
Dictator Kim had said he was prepared in principle to denuclearise
and Trump said an agreement was "ready to sign".
Kim stated on Tuesday that he was ready to denuclearise
the country and continue dialogue with Washington and Seoul to resolve the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
17 (BNA): South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss ways to denuclearise
the Korean Peninsula when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week, Moon's chief of staff said Monday.
"It suggests that this is a process," she said of US efforts to denuclearise
Thus, all actors should take into account that the price of their efforts to denuclearise
the Middle East shall not be another escalation that the peoples of the region cannot bear.
aBut the challenge will be creating the trust and conditions under which Kim would actually feel secure enough to denuclearise
, while remaining vigilant on proliferation and deterrence.
Despite the launches, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support to Kim, tweeting that the North Korean leader would not "break his promise." The reclusive state's leader had vowed to completely denuclearise
during the first US-North Korea summit held in Singapore last year.
We're going to deliver on this commitment (to denuclearise
) that Chairman Kim has made to the world."
If once again in the future North Korea refuses to take further steps to denuclearise
, and the United States tries to persuade China to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, it is likely that China may decline the demand as retaliation on the United States for its trade offensive.