We won’t deny it. Removing nuclear weapons from North Korea’s arsenal has hardly been a smooth and simple process. But nobody said it would be.
And yet, the fact that the process has not been completed only half a year after US President Donald Trump’s forward-moving summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un seems to be enough for the sceptics to insist it’s never going to happen.
Well, it turns out Kim’s ‘great’ letter-like message sent to Trump sometime last week was well-received. The two leaders are now expected to meet to discuss Kim’s administration’s efforts to rid North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang, from nuclear weapons.
Progress was always being made
As RAW reports, Trump told reporters at the White House that speed was never on his agenda in regards to Pyonyang’s nuclear stripping.
Both he and Kim had agreed to work toward denuclearisation at the Singapore summit in June. Though they never said it would happen immediately.
And, what the mainstream media fail to acknowledge is the — albeit gradual — progress that was made. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has in fact made multiple trips to Pyongyang in 2018. But all the naysayers were interested in reporting was the cancelled November meeting between Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, which aimed at organising a follow-up summit.
Though the state department issued a statement at the time saying ‘ongoing conversations [will] continue to take place’, it wasn’t enough to lull the complaints.
And granted, with the state elections, French riots, and his G20 meeting with the Chinese president to end their lengthy trade war, Trump may have unintentionally placed the North Korea denuclearisation on the backburner.
But it certainly wasn’t forgotten. Hence why Kim sent his message to rekindle the temporarily stalled nuclear talks. And on Tuesday, Kim announced that it was his ‘firm will’ to rid his nation of nuclear weapons.
He said North Korea had ‘declared at home and abroad that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them’.
Sceptics say North Korea aren’t willing to denuclearise
Of course, there is always a catch. Like we said, it’s not a simple process.
In a nationally televised address on Tuesday, as RAW reports, Kim said he was ready for his meeting with Trump, but warned he would steer his nation down a ‘new path’ if US sanctions and pressure on the country weren’t alleviated.
In other words, he took a leaf out of Trump’s handbook, similar to his 90-day deadline on the China-US negotiations.
But just as the naysayers angled Trump’s deadline as an erratic and pointless one, so too have they spun Kim’s warning to fuel doubts as to whether the nation will follow through with denuclearisation, seeing as they consider their nuclear weaponry a key component of their national security.
Analysts, however, insist that Kim’s message is clear on its goal to unite North Korea and Washington — and even Seoul — this year over the denuclearisation plan. He just wishes to do so on his own terms.
It’s a resolve that Trump will likely admire, rather than attack.
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