Denuclearization–Here And Now

Back in June Our Dear Leader met with Kim of North Korea and after a couple of hours we were told of the deal and desire to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

But first let’s tell everyone what the Hell the term means and to make it easier we have a short vid that will fill in the gaps……

The problem is that the two major parties may be using two different definitions to the term…..

With each passing day, the impending Trump-Kim summit takes another dip toward disaster.

In just a month or so, President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an unprecedented event of great risk and opportunity. Yet Trump, who leapt at the offer of a meeting with unstudied speed and enthusiasm, shows no signs of deciding what he wants from these talks—and seems unaware of what Kim’s quite clear objectives are.

As has been clear from the moment the subject came up, one obstacle to a successful summit is that both leaders are going into it with conflicting premises. Kim thinks Trump is caving to the reality of a North Korean nuclear arsenal; Trump thinks Kim is caving to the pressure of U.S. sanctions and threats. Both are probably right to some degree, but it’s hard to see how the talks can produce a lasting peace if each man thinks that he has the upper hand at the outset and that, therefore, any deal must be struck on his terms.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/trump-and-north-korea-are-using-different-definitions-of-denuclearization.html

It seems that the denucleariztion is not as important as it was in a speech given by Trump in June of this year.

In the latest twist in Donald Trump’s shifting strategy on North Korea, the U.S. president on Wednesday backed off a set timetable for Pyongyang to denuclearize, ahead of a planned visit next month to the North Korean capital by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“I think we’re really going to do something that’s going to be very important, but we’re not playing the time game” with North Korea, Trump said during a televised news conference in New York. “If it takes two years, three years or five months — doesn’t matter.”

Trump’s comments marked a stark contrast with a claim a week ago by Pompeo, who said that negotiations would lead to the “rapid denuclearization of North Korea, to be completed by January 2021,” before the end of Trump’s first term.

The administration had earlier given the North a one-year deadline to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/27/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/trump-backs-off-timetable-north-korean-denuclearization-top-u-s-diplomat-announces-trip-pyongyang-next-month/#.W60GSPm1uM8

I have been watching this for awhile and do not see any progress….of course I am not privy to  the totality of the negotiations….but as far as I can see it is not going as planned.

Does anyone really think Kim will go it alone?

Speaking at the UN on Saturday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warns that North Korea has taken significant goodwill measures toward disarmament in the past year, but does not see any corresponding moves by the US. That’s fueling mistrust.

That’s a problem, and Ri warns that there is no way North Korea is going to go through the entire disarmament process unilaterally without any trust in reciprocation. In particular, he warned there was concern about the US resistance to a phased process.

The US is not only resisting any efforts to offer any reciprocal goodwill efforts, and publicly saying they’ll do nothing until North Korea totally completes denuclearization. They are also pushing for increasing sanctions against North Korea, while other nations seek UN sanctions relief.

US officials argue that the sanctions are what got the process going in the first place, and more sanctions mean more progress. North Korean officials, however, are increasingly seeing this as not a give-and-take diplomatic effort, but just the US issuing increasing demands and giving nothing in return.

(antiwar.com)

Over the months the two, Kim and Trump, have fallen in love.  (Trump’s words not mine)

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2 thoughts on “Denuclearization–Here And Now

  1. The thing about this topic is that anyone could say they had ‘denuclearised’. They could take the inspectors, show them the empty silos, and that’s that. But we will never actually know, because they might just have moved them. It’s impossible to search an entire country.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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