What is North Korea’s Definition of Denuclearization?
When the news broke that North Korea would suspend their nuclear missile test program ahead of peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump took to Twitter and tweeted the following…
While it is true that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is suspending their testing program, this is still far from North Korea giving up their nuclear program. Any confusion going into the summit between Kim and Trump can prove to be disastrous.
For North Korea, the suspension of their nuclear missile testing is not a concession to the United States. They have completed all the testing they feel is necessary
“We no longer need any nuclear test or test launches of intermediate and intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and because of this the northern nuclear test site has finished its mission,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.
Yeah, that sounds like someone who has no plans on denuclearization, instead it sounds as if Kim is looking to negotiate from a position of strength. If North Korea truly has a functional nuclear missile program, we may very well see Kim Jong Un attempt to look for concessions from the United States that could include a reduction of military presence in South Korea. If that is the case we may not see anything big come from the upcoming summit.
Without a doubt Trump has to be eyeing this summit as something historic. If can manage to get North Korea to give up their nukes (highly unlikely), his presidency will go down in history for something other than Russian interference in US elections
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Source: Washington Post