By ABC News. President Donald Trump lavished praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their historic four and a half hour face-to-face meeting in Singapore Tuesday, where the two signed an unspecified agreement that the president described as “pretty comprehensive.”
“A very worthy, smart negotiator, absolutely,” Trump told reporters while standing alongside Kim. “We learned a lot about each other and our countries.” . . .
“Today we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document,” Kim said. “The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.”
“I feel really great,” Trump said. “We’re going to have a great discussion, I think, a tremendous success, this will be tremendously successful. It’s my honor and we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt.” . . .
“It was not an easy path here,” Kim said. “There’s a history of holding onto our ankles, and it appeared there were times that there were unfortunate practices where they were trying to block our eyes and our ears, but we’ve overcome everything and come to this place.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 12, 2018
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U.S. Demands Japan Reduce Its Plutonium Stockpiles
By Nikkei Asian Review. The U.S. has called on Japan to reduce its high levels of stockpiled plutonium, a move that comes as the Trump administration seeks to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, Nikkei has learned.
The request was made by the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council ahead of next month’s extension of a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement, according to people familiar with the matter.
Japan has about 47 tons of the radioactive element — enough to produce around 6,000 nuclear warheads. Foreign and domestic critics have pointed to these reserves as a ready source of bomb-making material should Japan choose to become a nuclear weapons state.
Plutonium production is banned in principle, but energy-poor Japan has been allowed to extract the material from spent nuclear fuel rods under the bilateral pact.
Japan insists that it does not maintain plutonium reserves “without specified purposes.” Critics in Japan and elsewhere, including China and some in the U.S. Congress, have expressed concern about the size of these stockpiles. (Read more from “U.S. Demands Japan Reduce Its Plutonium Stockpiles” HERE)