A media complex so determined to discredit negotiations with North Korea and so unfettered by political-diplomatic reality seriously threatens the ability of the United States to deliver on any agreement with Pyongyang. That means alternative media must make more aggressive efforts to challenge the corporate press’s coverage.
there have been no nuclear tests and we got back our hostages. Who knows how it will all turn out in the end, but why isn’t the Fake News talking about these wonderful facts? Because it is FAKE NEWS!
The UN Security Council has approved a request from South Korea… for an exception to the sanctions on the North… so it can send fuel and vehicles for the purpose of restoring military communication lines. Kyodo News reported Sunday, citing diplomatic sources,… that the committee on North Korea sanctions decided to allow the South Korean government to send gasoline, buses, trucks, and other items. Those sources said none of the council’s fifteen member nations objected.
After meeting U.S. officials in Washington this week, Lee Do-hoon, Seoul’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… told reporters that another round of talks with North Korea will take place soon. The U.S. has formed a negotiating team led by the State Department,… and is coordinating its stance on denuclearization and other important issues concerning the North.
An armistice ended the fighting on the peninsula 65 years ago, but not the war. The anniversary represents a symbolic target for the North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea to sign the peace treaty they discussed during an historic summit at the border on Apr 27.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday called for sincere efforts on all sides to move the North Korean denuclearization process forward, insisting that its leader Kim Jong-un is determined to turn his country into a normal state.
„I have met Chairman Kim Jong-un twice so far. Chairman Kim had a great desire to break away from ideological confrontations and develop North Korea into a normal country,“ Moon said in a special lecture hosted by the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore.
Today, Russian and South Korean delegations will travel to the North Korean city of Rajin for a seminar about a transport project connecting Rajin with Khasan, just beyond the Russian border.
SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) — The chief of South Korea’s presidential panel on economic cooperation with North Korea and Eurasia will visit the North this week to attend a forum arranged by Russia on three-country cooperation, the unification ministry said Wednesday.
The ministry has approved the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation’s plan to visit North Korea for two days starting Friday.
Pompeo spoke to the issue in a meeting with American troops in Afghanistan Monday, the State Department said in a statement. The top U.S. diplomat made an unannounced visit to the country during a multi-nation tour that took him to Pyongyang last weekend.
„The Secretary also answered questions from the troops on both internal governmental and global issues such as North Korea in which he underscored the U.S. commitment to developing a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula,“ the statement read.
Mark Andrew Lowcock, under-secretary general for the UN Humanitarian Affairs, and his party arrived here on Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his latest trip to North Korea on Sunday without meeting leader Kim Jong-un and trailed by accusations of „gangster-like“ arm-twisting from a newly emboldened regime.
Pompeo claimed there was „progress on almost all of the central issues“ in nine hours of „productive conversations“ with Kim’s right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and others but came away without any concrete agreement on denuclearization.(…)
Pompeo downplayed the „gangster“ accusations at a press conference in Tokyo with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan.
He said the Trump administration won’t lift sanctions against Pyongyang until its final, fully-verified denuclearization.
The denuclearization of Korea covers not just nuclear bombs but also missiles, he said, adding North Korean officials also understand that.
On the trustworthiness issue, he said, „There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization,“
„North Korea reaffirmed it’s commitment to complete denuclearization… North Korea also reaffirmed it’s earlier commitment to destroy its missile engine test site, which will make the region and the world safer,“ Pompeo said.
Pompeo is in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, which he has characterized as productive.
The conciliatory mood opened up high-level military discussion between the two Koreas last month, where they restored the two militaries‘ communication lines that were severed for years. In continuing military talks, the two sides are likely to discuss further measures to allay military tension, including a withdrawal of North Korea’s menacing long-range artillery forces along the border with the South.
Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.
But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.
The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha, in Tokyo on Sunday.
Pompeo said that a Pentagon team plans to meet with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks will be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.
The summit conference of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump achieved what few expected: Leaders of two former adversaries have built trust that can serve as the basis for a lasting peace and normalization of relations. At least ten lessons have been learned:
Most important of all, Kim and Trump have achieved a diplomatic success by ending fears of imminent nuclear war.
3. Juli 2018
U.S. envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarized zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.
The ceremonies were often accompanied in Pyongyang by rallies, anti-US media coverage and other reminders of the war. This year, however, explicit anti-US messages disappeared from the media as well as the streets of the city on Monday. Pyongyang has also replaced images of missile launches and military formations on a prominent site outside the city train station with visuals of industry and agriculture.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had long made a big deal out taking a hard-line stance against North Korea. But the historic June 12 meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump seems to have changed his mind.
Abe, who had ruled out “dialogue for the sake of dialogue” with the nuclear-armed hermit state, now appears eager to arrange a summit with Kim following the dramatic show created by the Kim-Trump summit in Singapore.
Hundreds of relatives will be allowed to meet in late August
An American political commentator deplored the US government’s propaganda campaigns against Iran and North Korea as “xenophobic” and said President Donald Trump’s advisers are “all war-loving psychopaths”.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid his third visit to China on Tuesday and Wednesday in just three months – something rarely seen in diplomacy. It reflects frequent exchange of high-level visits between the two countries and an enhanced milieu of mutual trust and friendship. Besides, it is becoming more obvious that Beijing and Pyongyang are working together to deal with global affairs.
South and North Korea will hold working-level military talks next week on fully reconnecting bilateral communication lines, Seoul’s defense ministry said Saturday.
The meeting will open at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) office in Paju, just south of the inter-Korean border, at 10 a.m. on Monday to follow up on an agreement at their general-grade negotiations last week.
“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”
After the crucible of the Trump-Kim summit, it seems clear that Pompeo has been elevated, and Bolton diminished, by the president’s sudden love affair with Pyongyang. But Pompeo will also be the first to fall “if this thing goes to shit.”
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo provides an update on North Korea during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21, 2018.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may visit North Korea this weekend or next week in an effort to implement the outcome of last week’s summit between the U.S. and the North, a South Korean opposition lawmaker said Thursday.
To be sure, unlike the two Koreas, Pakistan and India are two different nations, with two different histories and national stories, and some shared attributes like all other neighbors. But the Pak-India conflict offers some similarities to the Korean conflict in terms of complexity and insolvability. Both conflicts involve emotions, ideologies, and nuclear weapons. China and the United States are important outside players in both cases; both conflicts appear impossible to resolve, and both have wider implications for the region and the world.
The friendly meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday points to a change in Japan’s role in the Korean Peninsula issue. To be specific, Japan was a participant in the Six-Party Talks, and now is just a bystander.
Most American adults say that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was a good idea, according to a Monmouth poll released Thursday.
The seven-in-10 who say it’s a good idea is up from 63% in late April, including 93% of Republicans, 74% of independents, and 49% of Democrats. Only 20% say it was a bad idea.
Following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump’s approval ratings are now at one of the highest points of his presidency.
Mr Kono told a news conference alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung Wha that while precise details of the halt in joint war games are to be ironed out between the US and South Korea, „we understand that any pause in exercise is contingent upon DPRK action towards denuclearisation“.
Economists may have only incomplete information on the North Korean economy. The CIA data showed the total length of North Korea’s railway network reached 7,435 kilometers in 2014, which was about two times that of South Korea, media reports said Wednesday. Although North Korea’s economy remains weak and vulnerable, the nation has some key advantages for integrating itself into regional transport networks.
Former Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, currently a senior researcher at the private think tank Sejong Institute, made the remark during a forum hosted by the institute in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, to analyze the outcome of the Tuesday summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
South and North Korea are holding rare high-level military talks to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border.
It’s possible North Korean officials will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping its military drills with the United States, during Thursday’s talks at the border village of Panmunjom.
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Let’s hope Kim Jong-un doesn’t go nuts on his plane home and pull out of the communique he just signed with Donald Trump in Singapore.
(30.5.2018) According to Hecker, North Korea’s recent demolition of its nuclear test site is a significant step in that direction.
“The so-called ‘Libya model’ – complete and immediate denuclearization – is not a viable solution,” Hecker said. “Our approach leaves each party with a manageable level of risk. Even though it takes longer, it is safer for the world.”
Hecker also encouraged the US to recognize North Korea’s desire for civilian programs, including energy production, the use of radioactive substances in medical research, diagnosis and treatment, and a peaceful space program. These types of civilian programs can also foster opportunities for a collaborative relationship between the United States and North Korea. Further, increased cooperation –including with South Korea – can help make efforts for verification and monitoring with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more reliable. The verification process that will confirm to what extent North Korea dismantles and destroys its military nuclear program is a big issue for negotiations, the scholars said.
„Scientifically you have to wait certain periods of time,“ Trump said, speaking about the process of denuclearization. „But once you start the process it means it’s pretty much over.“
Until then, these measures will keep squeezing North Korea’s economy:
The interactive below outlines the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council on North Korea over the past twelve years, on top of earlier sanctions. It allows the reader to navigate by resolution or by type of sanction, and to see the cumulative effect at any point in time. The purpose is to help users understand what is currently required of UN members with regard to economic engagement with the North, how pressure on Pyongyang has built up over time, and what active measures can be taken if countries want to trade sanctions relief for steps to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—the North Korean nuclear threat.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, held the summit meeting and talks with Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, at Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12, 2018 for the first time in the histories of the two countries.
The following is a joint statement of the Singapore summit signed by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, on June 12:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “unwavering commitment” to complete denuclearization, US President Trump said after their first face-to face talks. However, sanctions against Pyongyang to stay in place, he added.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will take place as soon as „mechanically, physically“ possible, but refused to set a deadline.
(3.6.2018) That would pave the way to tap the North’s vast mineral reserves, which could be worth $6 trillion, according to a 2013 estimate by the North Korea Resources Institute in Seoul. It’s also home to what might be the world’s single-biggest rare earth deposit, a crucial element for electronic car engines and many high-tech gadgets the South is so good at churning out.
▪ Roadmap for North Korea’s complete and swift denuclearization: Experts
▪ Neighboring countries of Korean peninsula closely monitor how N. Korea-U.S. talks would turn out
Pompeo said the pre-summit talks were “moving quite rapidly” and that he believed “they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated.”
“These discussions will set a framework for the hard work that will follow,” Pompeo said.
“In each of these countries there are only two people who can make decisions of this magnitude and those are the two people who will be sitting in the room tomorrow,” he added.
North Korea’s integration into the global economy could have a profound impact on regional development and growth
„India has stepped up its focus on East Asia as well as ASEAN and any addition of an emerging market like North Korea will be most beneficial for the country’s expanding export-oriented industries,“ said a trade source.
India’s Act East Policy, that was introduced by the Modi government, focusses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region.
Some in the Trump administration have the same thinking which sabotaged peace talks with North Korea for 64 years.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un today. This is the first meeting between the two leaders.
President Trump says he’s well prepared to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at a historic summit Tuesday. Isaac Stone Fish, CBSN contributor and senior fellow at the Asia Society, joins to discuss the meeting’s outlook.
The whole process of dismantling the northern nuclear test ground well showed the steadfast stand of the DPRK government to join in the international desire and efforts to build a nuclear-free world.
The DPRK government will make steady efforts to have close contacts and dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community in the future, too, in order to defend peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world.
(12.5.2018) Clinton said Thursday in Australia that pulling out of the agreement will make it more difficult to successfully negotiate with North Korea.
She added that the withdrawal „makes America less safe and less trusted“ and said that the United States‘ „credibility is shot.“
Gorka, a Fox News national security strategist, said Clinton was the worst secretary of state the United States has ever had.
He added that Clinton seems to be living in a „paranoid, alternate universe.
New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is razing the missile test stand at the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility north of the city of Kusong in the wake of Kim Jong Un’s April statement announcing a unilateral suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear tests. The stand is the only known facility used for land-based, canister-launched ballistic missile ejection tests critical for developing the solid-propellant Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) medium-range ballistic missile and its follow-on systems.
As President Donald Trump huddled in the Oval Office on Friday with Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man, he was accompanied by only one other US official: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Absent was the administration’s most vocal North Korea hawk, national security adviser John Bolton.
The north and the south should be responsible for consistently implementing the declaration they promised to before all Koreans and the world, no matter how the situation and surrounding circumstances may change. They should also proactively create favorable conditions and circumstances to implement the declaration by pooling their efforts.
They should neither read others‘ face nor seek their egoistic interests but honestly carry out those specified in the declaration, and thus decisively improve and develop the north-south relations.
All of North Korea’s three top military officials are believed to have been replaced, an intelligence source said Sunday, in a move that could be aimed at taming the military ahead of a denuclearization deal with the U.S. No Kwang-chol, first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, replaced Pak Yong-sik as defense chief, while Ri Myong-su, chief of the KPA’s general staff, was replaced by his deputy, Ri Yong-gil, according to the source.
(26.5.2018) A member of the Workers‘ Party of Korea (WPK) has been appointed to the head of the powerful General Political Bureau of North Korea’s armed forces, raising speculation that it might be aimed at strengthening the ruling party’s grip on the military.
Abe will hold talks with Trump at the White House on June 7 before traveling to Canada for the Group of Seven summit on June 8 and 9, hoping to coordinate their policies toward the president’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Asia’s key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea’s nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty.
The two Koreas agreed Friday to hold general-level military talks on June 14 at the truce village of Panmunjom as part of efforts to ease tensions between the two countries.
They also agreed to hold a Red Cross meeting on June 22 at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort to discuss holding a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
Noting with high appreciation that the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region has entered a phase of stability thanks to the DPRK, which has taken practical steps while successfully steering the relations between the north and the south of Korea and between the DPRK and the U.S., Lavrov said that Russia fully supports the DPRK’s determination and stand on the DPRK-U.S. summit high on the agenda and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and wishes for good successes.
Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK’s will for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula still remains unchanged and consistent and fixed and he hoped that the DPRK-U.S. relations and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis by finding a solution to meet the interests of each other through a new method in a new era and under a new situation and the solution of the issues will progress through effective and constructive dialogue and negotiation.
High-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol landed in New York on Wednesday for talks about a potential summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. He’s the most senior North Korean official to visit the U.S. since 2000. CBS News State Department reporter Kylie Atwood joins CBSN to discuss.
The intelligence community has now let on that Pyongyang has no interest in denuclearization. NBC News reports:
As the top official for Asia on President Donald Trump’s national security council, Pottinger had briefed dozens of reporters about North Korea two days before Trump angrily tweeted that a New York Times article citing his remarks had relied on an official who “doesn’t exist.” The president was furious that the Times had paraphrased Pottinger, who spoke on background and thus could not be identified in its story, as saying it would be “impossible” for Trump to go forward with his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because there wasn’t enough time to prepare.
The first is North Korea declaring how far it’s willing to go in abandoning the program. The second is deciding how and when Pyongyang will offer an explanation of that process to Washington,… and the final step is determining how the U.S. will verify those claims.
Meanwhile, as North Korea and the U.S. work to set up their summit next month, tentatively set for June 12th in Singapore, officials from both sides are said to now be in the city-state… for talks on the practicalities of the summit — things like protocol and logistics. Our Lee Ji-won has the latest.
Kim Chang Son, Kim’s de facto chief of staff, flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night, the report said.
Three thousand miles away in Singapore, a team of US logistics officials arrived late Monday and was expecting the arrival of a corresponding team from Pyongyang.
The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the arrangements, said Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, was leading the preparations on the U.S. side.
A team of U.S. officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday for talks to prepare for a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, as both sides press ahead with arrangements despite the question marks hanging over the meeting.
Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, has been called in from his post as envoy to the Philippines to lead the preparations, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.
After all these shocking twists and turns, it has become clear that North Korea and the US both intend to hold the Trump-Kim summit since both have a strong desire to make the meeting a milestone in the transition of the Peninsula situation. Both countries are preparing for the Trump-Kim summit with a serious attitude, and the decision to hold the summit has withstood another test.
(25.5.2018) I am a Korean-American professor in Seoul. Most people here seem confounded by President Trump’s actions. Mr. Trump is the rare American president who makes the North Korean regime look stable and mature in comparison. This month, he has alienated both his European and Asian democratic allies — alliances that took decades to develop. This is a low point for American diplomacy and leadership.
For the sake of global peace and prosperity, I sincerely pray that our president can learn from this debacle and exercise more strategic thinking and deliberation. In the meantime, I encourage the elected leaders of South Korea and Japan to meet and negotiate a mutually beneficial peace with the North Korean government.
Koh Yu-hwan, an expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.
„Today’s summit is aimed at resolving the misunderstanding caused by communication glitches between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for the US-North Korea summit,“ he told AFP.
President Moon Jae-in has given his word that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still committed the „complete denuclearization“ of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung has more from the South Korean leader’s press conference broadcast live earlier this Sunday morning. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said Seoul’s intelligence chief Suh Hoon and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol have been in close communication since the April 27th summit. Last Friday, Suh and Kim were discussing how to prepare for the North Korea-U.S. summit, and how to improve inter-Korean relations as part of the follow-up measures to the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. During that process, the North Korean official relayed Kim Jong-un’s desire for the leaders of the two Koreas to hold an informal and candid meeting.
The leaders of North and South Korea met for a second time in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea’s presidency announced on Twitter.
Sources say reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel over the summit period are not being taken… and security sweeps are ongoing. If the summit happens, President Trump is expected to stay at the hotel. Singapore’s ban on government officials and police taking vacation on or around June 12th remains in place as well.
The statement by Seoul’s presidential office came hours after Trump welcomed North Korea’s conciliatory response to his Thursday letter withdrawing from the summit.
South Korea was caught off guard by Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the summit citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.
Korean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Economy of Democratic Korea visited the Syrian pavilion and got acquainted with the Syrian productions.
For his part, the Syrian Ambassador in Pyongyang Tammam Suleiman hailed the deep-rooted and historic relations binding the two countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens further strain on U.S.-China ties amid a trade dispute that had been intertwined with Beijing’s pressure on isolated Pyongyang.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday his country remains committed to dialogue with North Korea despite President Donald Trump’s decision to call off his summit talks with the communist nation’s leader next month, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry.
Pompeo made the remarks in his phone conversation with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to exchange views on related situations and coordinate a strategy.
It was only a matter of hours before Trump canceled the summit that North Korea demolished its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri… in a gesture apparently to demonstrate good will. And reporters who were there, after a trip of around 17 hours back to the North Korean city of Wonsan, have been uploading footage of the demolition from their press center. Our Foreign Ministry correspondent Lee Ji-won, who is part of South Korea’s Joint Press Corps for Punggye-ri, has more.
The move exposed significant disagreements among the president’s top advisers. Several administration officials said Pompeo, who has taken the lead in negotiating with the North Koreans, blamed Bolton for torpedoing the progress that had already been made. Pompeo flew to Pyongyang twice, met personally with Kim and helped secure the release of three Americans who had been held there.
Mike Pompeo is pursuing terrible and deluded foreign policy all over the world, but, compared to Bolton, he’s Henry Kissinger. Trump’s version of nationalism, meanwhile, has increasingly come to mean nothing but pathological self-interest.
Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twice to Pyongyang in the ensuing weeks to talk directly with Kim, and at no point, the State Department says, did he come away thinking Kim was not serious about the meeting. On the other hand, State says it sought for weeks to arrange a lower level meeting of diplomats from both countries to finalize the agenda—a request the U.S. says the North Koreans never responded to.
Launch of my Disarmament Agenda today:
U.S. President Trump just canceled the planned summit with North Korea’s chairman Kim Jong-Un. The two were supposed to meet on June 12 in Singapore. In a letter to Kim Jong-un, released to the media, Trump accused North Korea of hostile statements which, according to him, make the summit impossible:
There’s a clear line here: Bolton’s Libya talk sets expectations for Trump, who slips up and threatens North Korea with regime change, which leads to Pence defending Trump, which leads to North Korea lashing out, which leads to Trump canceling the summit. The dysfunction within this administration in the lead-up to this meeting ultimately brought the summit crashing down.
The North Koreans, in the meantime, have kept their position static and have been more than willing to communicate what they were willing to offer up; not once did any authoritative North Korean statement indicate any interest in denuclearization as the White House imagined it.