President Trump, on the heels of his historic summit with Kim Jong Un, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he believes the North Korean leader will begin to work toward dismantling his country’s nuclear program “virtually immediately.”
The president left Singapore after the two leaders signed a document stating Pyongyang would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Fox News reports.
“I just think that we are now we are going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately – and he’s already indicated that and you look at what he’s done,”~ President Trump
On Air Force One, Trump said he trusts Kim but the U.S. would have to “check” to ensure denuclearization occurs.
“We’re going to have to check him. And we will check him, we’ll check him very strongly. But he has a plan total and complete,” Trump said. “He’s got a total plan. It will get done.
The United States demanded that North Korea, among other issues, must immediately stop ICBM’s and nuclear programs.
North Korea demanded that the United States immediately stop military training drills with South Korea.
The joint declaration states that the U.S. has committed to providing “security guarantees” to Pyongyang.
- revealed that Kim had offered to destroy a missile engine testing site after the pair had signed the summit’s joint text
- warned that denuclearization would take “a long time scientifically” to complete, but said he believed Kim would start the process when he returned to North Korea. He repeatedly refused to spell out a timetable
- floated the possibility of further talks either at the White House or in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. He revealed that Kim has accepted his invitation to visit Washington “sometime in the future”
- disclosed that he halted plans last week for 300 new North Korea sanctions because they would have been “disrespectful” ahead of the summit
- said he believes any conflict involving North Korea could lead to the loss of tens of millions of lives in South Korea
President Trump reiterated that economic sanctions would remain on North Korea until they begin to denuclearize but said he “looked forward” to lifting them one day. Trump also did not rule out re-establishing an embassy in North Korea.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.