United States has conceded 'nothing' to N.Korea

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

President Trump can't expect to "charm" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into giving up his nuclear weapons, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday.

A lot has happened since. CIA Director Mike Pompeo has journeyed to Pyongyang to meet with Kim. "Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests".

"Could it be realistic he's just willy nilly likely to do that?" Those threats are exactly what Kim needed politically to legitimize the "need" for his nuclear program. "Wow, we haven't given up anything and they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, and no more testing!", read another tweet. What is Trump getting in return?

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP sold Americans a bill of goods with tax reform law Republicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller Rand Paul under pressure as Pompeo hunts for votes MORE (R-S.C.) said North Korea needs to "earn" a peace treaty.

Trump seems to think that much bigger concessions are on the way, too.

"It will also contribute to creating a very positive atmosphere for the success of the inter-Korean and the North-U.S.summit which will take place soon", South Korean Presidential Senior Secretary for Public Relations Yoon Young-chan said. Details of Summit are being worked out now.

Being committed to the concept of denuclearization, however, is not the same as agreeing to it, as Trump claims.

Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus inherited thousands of nuclear weapons after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but were persuaded by the United States to transfer the devices to Russian Federation in return for economic support and security guarantees.

A spokesman for Britain's Department for International Trade said the two sides hold regular discussions about how to retain the trade benefits, adding the "government will support (the oil) sector to maintain (its) reputation".

US lawmakers sounded more skeptical than optimistic on Sunday. Yes, and so did his father Kim Jong Il in the 1990s.

A senior Foreign Ministry official said that the announcement could never be considered a specific move toward the abandonment of its nuclear and missile development in a "complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", which the Japanese and US leaders agreed upon during their summit meeting.

North Korea said Friday that it is willing to stop nuclear as well as intermediate- and long-range ballistic rocket tests and would close a nuclear test site, but the country has not said it is willing to get rid of its nuclear arsenal.

"It must be attributed to multiple factors, one of which is that Pyongyang has mastered certain advanced nuclear technologies and successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of more than 10,000 km".

"They have wanted to be seen as an arrived nuclear power for a while, and one thing that the other nuclear powers don't do is test". The junior Kim is again following the example of his father, who in 2008 blew up the cooling tower of a nuclear facility to show he was serious about talks. Kim has made no commitment to give up the estimated 60 nuclear bombs and the unknown number of intercontinental ballistic missiles he already has. "No longer having nuclear weapons that can be used in warfare against any of our allies".

According to CNN, this is a huge win for President Trump as supposedly North Korea no longer represents a threat to global security. Axios' Jonathan Swan writes that the president has given up his naive and grandiose hopes that he alone can bring peace to the Middle East. But I think the president has people around him.

Freeland also wants the disruptive influence of Russian Federation and the West to be a top agenda item, and has asked Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to join part of today's talks, going so far as to host him - along with other ministers - at her home for brunch.

Kim may be evil, but he's not stupid - or suicidal. What could possibly go wrong?

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