After the 12th of June 2018 summit between the US republican President Donald J. Trump and the N Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, President Trump declared by Twitter that the US peoples could rest easy now and that the North Korea threat had been eliminated. What a crock!
Not only did the president not obtain in writing one solid commitment during that one-on-one meeting between President Trump and the N korean Leader, Kim Jong-Un, the US president completely surprised his advisors and allies by announcing that there would be a cessation of military exercises in S Korea between US and S Korean armed forces with other allied forces. This concession granted with nothing in return by the N Korean leader Kim Jong-un was done at the behest of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Since then there has been ample reporting that N Korea has been ramping up its nuclear weaponry infrastructure program. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed out to N Korea to speak with its officials on 7/5/18 and frankly, it didn’t go well.
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As per the 7/5/18 LA Times report by Tracy Wilkinson and David S. Cloud, ” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was traveling to North Korea on Thursday (7/5/18) to press ruler Kim Jong Un on his stated willingness to disarm his nuclear arsenal, amid reports that Kim actually is expanding the program.”
“The visit Friday (7/6/18) will be Pompeo’s third to Pyongyang, the capital, in three months, but the first since President Trump held a high-profile summit with Kim in Singapore last month. Trump came away saying he trusted Kim to carry through with a promise that the two leaders put in writing to “work toward” denuclearization.”
“Evidence since then has raised questions about Kim’s intentions, stoking skepticism born of years of North Korea’s broken promises. Pompeo hopes to get answers and a firmer commitment from the young dictator, his aides said, but many within U.S. intelligence, defense and diplomatic agencies cautioned against taking Kim at his word.”
“North Korea has violated every previous nuclear agreement, reached between Kim’s father and Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.”
“Trump has defended the negotiations with Kim, insisting in a tweet Tuesday that his administration was having “many good conversations with North Korea — it is going well!” and noting that Kim had not carried out “Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months.”
“Yet operations at North Korean facilities used to produce nuclear bombs and missiles have continued at least at levels seen before the Singapore summit, according to analyses of recent satellite photos by multiple private researchers.”
As per a 7/7/18 AP report, North Korean representatives are defining the July 2018 two day high-level talks between the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with his US delegation and N Korean officials led by Kim Yong Chol, as “regrettable.”
“It seems that the N Koreans were put off by the US unilateral demands on trying to pressure N Korea into abandoning all of its nukes.”
“The statement published by N Korea claims that the United States has betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by making unilateral demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.”
“It says the outcome of the follow-up talks was “very concerning” because it has led to a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.”