EDITORIAL: Trilateral summit’s gift to the region

The Straits Times says:

Trilateral summit’s gift to the region


The most immediate concern is North Korea. The summit is taking place after a series of provocative tests and rocket launches by Pyongyang, which has warned ominously of a “Christmas gift” if it does not get satisfactory concessions from Washington in disarmament talks. Negotiations have faltered since the Hanoi summit collapsed in February. The United States says North Korea must start disarming first before sanctions can be lifted. Pyongyang says it has done enough in dismantling its nuclear and missile programmes. Its announcement earlier this month of a successful engine test at its Sohae long-range test facility is telling. If the “Christmas gift” involves the testing of a missile that could potentially reach the US continent, that would be a signal that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is prepared to unravel the diplomatic gains made since the 2018 Singapore summit. Even if no intercontinental ballistic missiles are involved, the shorter-range missiles that could reach Japan and a more aggressive turn in Pyongyang’s policies are detrimental to regional security. China hopes the summit will have a “constructive effect” on peace in the peninsula.

 READ MORE: https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/st-editorial/trilateral-summits-gift-to-the-region

.       .

All photographs, news, editorials, opinions, information, data, others have been taken from the Internet..aseanews.net

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePrint this page