Moon and Trump must stand firm on North Korea denuclearisation

Andrew Cummings
May 22, 2018

Moon's trip followed his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.

"In usual summits, working- and high-level officials make nearly all agreements in advance; but there is no pre-set scenario in this meeting, and Moon and Trump will exchange their ideas", Chung said. He just hit the pause button on his threatened trade war with China, announcing an agreement to reduce America's trade deficit with China - but few details. And his Middle East peace plan, which he deputized his son-in-law to lead, is months overdue and facing a more skeptical audience than ever. Previous year in April, India had banned all trade with North Korea, except for food and medicines, in line with the United Nations sanctions provisions.

Going into the North Korea meeting, senior administration officials say, the president has been nearly singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit -including the suspenseful roll-out of details.

"China can be a guarantor to North Korea that if they give up their nuclear capacity, the United States will not be in a position to harm them", United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Bloomberg in an interview last week. They were not authorized to speak publicly.

President Donald Trump has "begun pressing his aides and allies about whether he should take the risk of proceeding" with the summit, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing us officials.

After weeks of unusually peaceful rhetoric, the North Korean foreign ministry released a statement in May strongly criticizing the Trump administration, reportedly surprising and upsetting Trump.

The facility is built into the granite base of Mount Mantap, roughly 100 miles from North Korea's border with China and Mount Paektu, an active volcano and the country's sacred mountain.

Analysts at the US -based North Korea-monitoring website 38 North appeared to back up Kim's claim in a April 30 report saying they see evidence that "the two mountainous areas accessible by the South and West Portals remain viable, and could support future underground nuclear testing if there were to be a political decision to do so".

Along with its anger over the drills, Pyongyang has warned Kim might "reconsider" the USA summit over hard-line comments from Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton.

Dmitri Alperovitch, the founder of the company that played a key role in illustrating Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee, Crowdstrike, told the Guardian in February he believed North Korea is an even bigger threat than Russian Federation in cyberspace.

President Donald Trump is less than one month away from making history as the first sitting U.S. president to meet a sitting North Korean leader - but it's increasingly looking as if he's ill-prepared and sailing toward embarrassment. Administration officials viewed the warning as bluster, akin to Trump's own promise to walk away if Kim isn't serious about denuclearization.

Pretty sure they made a typo on the right side there.

Trump attempted to assuage Kim's concerns last week, promising "protections" should he abandon his nuclear weapons.

If the talks between Trump and Kim go badly, the possibility certainly remains that the regime would respond to protect itself in other ways.

"The Trump administration has to be very careful here because they need to have a deal where Kim gives up those nukes", Kazianis said.

Concrete gains for Trump would be slower to emerge.

Trump has already accused China of negatively influencing North Korea, perhaps taking steps to shift the blame should the upcoming summit fail to produce the desired results.

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