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Recent leaks about North Korea's continuing efforts to build its nuclear and missile arsenal underline this concern that U.S. President Donald Trump made a sucker play in Singapore.Trump gets the headlines when it comes to North Korea.The U.S., so far, has resisted, wanting the North to deliver more on denuclearization.Seoul believes that this declaration, perhaps co-signed by China, wouldn't affect the status of U.S. forces in South Korea. Indeed, Seoul argues that both North and South may privately agree on the utility of U.S. troops as a way of checking Chinese hegemony over the Korean Peninsula.South Korean Ambassador Cho Yoon-je explained the importance of the end-of-war declaration and other confidence-building measures as a bridge to denuclearization in an interview last week. In other words, the path from Pyongyang to Washington may lead through Seoul.Again, the U.S. appears wary of making these concessionary gestures before North Korea takes verifiable steps toward dismantling its nuclear capability.
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