Former US President Jimmy Carter offers self for North Korea visit

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

The 93-year-old was asked in an interview at his ranch house in Plains, Georgia, whether it was time for another diplomatic mission to the Hermit State and whether he would do so for President Trump.

"In an interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, Carter says he would be interested in a mission to quell tensions and broker a deal between the two nations". H. R. McMaster, but said he had not gotten a positive response.

In fact, there were some illuminating quotes from Carter on issues ranging from Russia--"Carter is also not as bothered as some by Trump's Putin bromance"--to the Clintons to even NFL players kneeling during the national anthem: "I think they ought to find a different way to object, to demonstrate. Because they want to save their regime", referring to the North.

Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo told a conference this week in Washington that the United States must assume that North Korea is "on the verge" of achieving nuclear missile capability to achieve targets on U.S. soil, so it must work to prevent it.

In 1994 Mr Carter travelled to Pyongyang to negotiate with Kim Il-sung, the current leader's grandfather, over the North's nuclear programme. He pointed to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's unpredictability as a major reason why diplomacy was so necessary.

In October that year, the United States and North Korea adopted the Agreed Framework, under which North Korea would freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear program.

"I would go, yes", Carter says.

He returned to North Korea in August 2010 to secure the release of an American detained there, and again in May 2011, with a delegation to donate food. "Particularly to Kim", who, Carter added, has "never, so far as I know, been to China". Carter said that North Korea's evolving technology makes the problem more pressing than ever.

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