ONLY after North Korea completed their nuclear weapons program did Kim Jong-un agree to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Many have been skeptical of the planned summit, citing that Kim cannot be trusted. After all, North Korea had promised to abandoned all of their nuclear programs and weapons back in 2005 but that promise was never kept by Kim.
An expert on Korea is warning that when Trump meets with Kim, he needs to be careful about using the term denuclearization as the term is broad and can end up meaning little or nothing. He recommends using more specific language such destroying all existing nuclear weapons and the facilities used to manufacture them.
(CNS News) – Looking ahead to a planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, a former U.S. nuclear negotiator cautioned this week against focusing on a broadly-defined “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Instead, the aim should be to get Pyongyang to commit – as it did back in 2005 – to “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs,” said Victor Cha, a Korea specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Georgetown University.
“That is a different phrasing from this very broad ‘denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,’” Cha said during a Council on Foreign Relations event on Monday.
“‘Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,’ for any of us who’ve looked at this or negotiated this, means absolutely nothing, right?” …
Trump needs to go into this talk with Kim understanding that Kim cannot be trusted in anything he says, does or sign. Anyone who orders the murder of his half-brother, uncle and thousands of others while letting millions of his people, including his military virtually starve, cannot trusted. He has betrayed most of those around him, so what is to say he will honor anything that Trump says or does?