May 27, 2018

Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

15 May 2018, 10:31 | Cesar Cruz

Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

A concession of this magnitude was an important moment clearing the way for meaningful and substantive talks about a denuclearized North Korea; talks which are set to occur between President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, next month.

"When Kim Jong Un sees President Trump in Singapore, he should give something big", the security adviser, Moon Chung-in, said at a Tokyo conference, referring to the North Korean leader.

She should know. Most of the progress made by North Korea in developing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons came while she was secretary of state under then-President Barack Obama.

"I think the implementation of this decision means getting rid of all the nuclear weapons, dismantling them, taking them to Oak Ridge", said Bolton. "Very exciting!" he wrote on Twitter. It would perhaps be best for the world community to take a more realistic view of the meeting as there are clear indications that the USA and North Korea are going into the meeting with divergent stances.

Daniel Russel served as the assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific from 2013 to 2017, which means that for four years he was the top USA diplomat for Asia under the Obama administration. They were joined by Kim Dong Chul, an American who had been held in North Korea against his will for over 2 ½ years.

North Korean state media reported over the weekend that the country had scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb site for later in May. But just because President Trump appears ready to accede to what the North Koreans have always wanted doesn't mean we should harbor unrealistic ideas about what is possible.

South and North Korea reportedly plan to conduct high-level talks this week as the estranged nations work towards a peace deal, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

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"The conversations are professional", he said on "Fox News Sunday".

"We will have to provide security assurances to be sure". Observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed, the North said. "They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Pompeo praised this as "one step along the way".

I would also say the following.

"I don't think anybody believes you're going to sign the complete ending of the nuclear program in one day".

Bolton said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea should not "look for economic aid from us".

"The prospect for North Korea is for it to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way South Korea does", he said.

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