The problem with having Nuclear weapons is they are so hard to give up. Trump wants them to fully de-nuclearize and have inspections before lifting sanctions. Kim wants the sanctions to draw down. Who is right?
Unfortunately Kim is right on this one. There was supposed to be a ladder of goals with responses set up. But they never did it. It should be very clear to Kim what sanctions come off after reaching what milestone. But it’s not. So Trump has royally F0ed up.
This is a disaster waiting to happen. Trump needs to kick the boot of Pompeo to get a clear and PUBLISHED plan for what is the tit for tat dance that these two contries will follow. You will not get all the way to de-nuclearization on good will alone.
The North has continued to flout sanctions by arranging ship-to-ship transfers of oil and other energy products. These have often been facilitated by China, Russia and Iran – a sign that the North has continued to cozy up to Moscow, Tehran and Beijing even as it pursues warmer relations with Washington and Seoul. Some intelligence analysts cite this – as well as satellite images revealing more secret missile bases – as evidence that the North is merely toying with the US to try and wrangle some relief from stifling sanctions, and that Kim has no intention of following through on his denuclearization promises.
According to Bloomberg, Kim said he’d be willing to work out a compromise that would be “welcomed by the international community.”
“I am willing to sit with the U.S. president any time in the future and will strive to produce outcomes that would be welcomed by the international community,” Kim said, wearing a suit and tie and seated in a plush leather chair overlooked by paintings of his father and grandfather at work.
“However, if the United States does not deliver its promise and misjudge our people’s patience, making unilateral demands to continue sanctions and put pressure on us, we will have no choice but to seek a new path to protect the country’s independence, interests and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Kim said.