No bright future for US-North Korea ties: Iran’s ex-defense minister

Tasnim– Former Iranian defense minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi highlighted the US government’s non-commitment to its international obligations and expressed pessimism about the future of a recent deal between Washington and Pyongyang.

“The United States is the embodiment of non-commitment to all ethical and international principles,” Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told Tasnim.

“What has made the (North) Koreans take the decision to negotiate with the United States is their own business but we do not predict a positive future for the US’s performance in this area,” he said.

“The US does not even act properly (in dealing with) its European friends,” he said, adding that Washington attaches no importance to them.

How the US interacts with Britain, Germany and France proves that Washington values nothing other than its interests, the former defense minister went on to say.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded their historic summit in Singapore Tuesday by signing a joint document that included a pledge to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The document, which hailed the summit as an “epochal event of great significance,” is broken down into four bullet point resolutions, including unspecified “security guarantees” from the US in exchange for a “firm and unwavering commitment” from North Korea to pursue “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” the White House confirmed. The leaders also agreed to commit to recovering and repatriating the remains of prisoners of war.

The paper affirmed intentions to “establish new US-DPRK relations” and agreed to future negotiations “at the earliest possible date.” The two countries are still technically at war since an armistice rather than a peace agreement ended the Korean War in 1953, and the two nations do not have formal diplomatic relations.