After calling his first summit with Kim Jong Un a success, the president has acknowledged that nuclear talks aren’t going as well as he had hoped.
Trump didn’t blame himself or even North Korea explicitly for the lack of progress. Instead he singled out China, with which the United States is currently engaged in an escalating trade war and with which North Korea conducts most of its trade, for not “helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were,” despite international sanctions against the North remaining in place. “Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved,” Trump added. “In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!”
It was almost like the last time. Preparations were underway for another high-stakes meeting between old adversaries desperately seeking a way out of their nuclear standoff. And then, suddenly, they weren’t, Defense One reports.
“Using diplomacy to resolve the North Korean security threat once and for all remains one of President Trump’s greatest priorities, and Steve is eminently qualified for the task and clear-eyed in the challenge before us. I’m fully confident that he will be able to lead our mission in ensuring a secure future for the American people and – we hope – a far brighter future for the people of North Korea.” ~ Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State
President Donald Trump has told Pompeo to call off a trip to North Korea “at this time”, citing insufficient progress on denuclearisation.
“I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearisation as they once were despite UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed regime.” President Trump
The bottom line here is that North Korea has ignored the “peace treaty” just as they have done in the past, which has given them time to get the resources they need from China and further their nuclear facilities.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.