South Korean newspaper slams Trump-Kim summit: Diplomacy for kindergarten

South Korean newspaper slams Trump-Kim summit: Diplomacy for kindergarten
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A prominent South Korean newspaper in an editorial Wednesday said that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnA brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats Stephen King says Trump's presidency is 'scarier' than his novels Trump boasts that Kim Jong Un 'was so happy to see me' MORE “got everything he wanted” in his historic summit with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE.

The Chosun Ilbo, one of the major newspapers in South Korea, blasted Trump in an editorial for not doing enough to secure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The editorial noted a lack of specifics in denuclearizing North Korea mentioned in the agreement signed by the two countries and noted Trump's mentioning of possible hotel developments in the country, writing that “there is no deadline to be found anywhere, and instead Trump is talking about real estate development on North Korea's coast.”


The newspaper also hit Trump for agreeing to end military exercises with South Korea, saying that past drills have proved to be “an effective means of pressuring the North.”

“But Trump gave North Korea a major gift even before it has taken any steps toward complete denuclearization. And in the joint agreement, it is Trump rather than the U.S. which is the party guaranteeing North Korea's regime safety,” the editorial reads. “This is diplomacy for the kindergarten.”

The newspaper called the aftermath of the summit “the worst outcome for South Korea.”

“Whatever one may think of him, the young North Korean leader has made an incredible achievement simply by getting Trump to meet him,” the editorial states. “Everyone expected him to make major concessions to accomplish it, but no — a closer look at the joint agreement shows it was Kim who ended up taking home the prize. It is simply unbelievable that Trump flew all the way to Singapore to end up with the short end of the stick.”

Trump and Kim met Tuesday in Singapore. The two world leaders signed an agreement committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but specific dates and expectations were not outlined.

The president tweeted Wednesday that there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."