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Report: Secret Israeli Document Raises Doubt on Trump-Kim Summit

Report: Secret Israeli Document Raises Doubt on Trump-Kim Summit
President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:37 PM

A classified document written and distributed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry raises skepticism about the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, according to news reports Thursday.

"Regardless of the smiles in the summit, many in Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions," Axios said in quoting the document.

"Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump's statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road to real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the meeting in Singapore as an "important step" toward eliminating nuclear weapons from Pyongyang, but the report noted "significant gaps" remained between the parties.

The report was distributed Wednesday to Israeli embassies worldwide and to top officials in Netanyahu's government.

For instance, Trump's eagerness to accept Kim's demand to halt U.S. military exercises with South Korea marks an acceptance of China's "freeze-for-freeze" approach, Axios disclosed.

Israeli Foreign Ministry analysts noted the U.S. had long rejected the Chinese position.

"There are significant gaps between the American declarations before the summit regarding the need for a 'complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,' and the joint statement's language, which only included a 'complete denuclearization' of North Korea," the report said.

President Trump, in touting the success of the Singapore meeting, tweeted Wednesday: "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea."

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A classified document written and distributed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry questions whether "North Korea is sincere" in alleged promises of denuclearization, according to news reports Thursday.
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