On North Korea, give Trump some credit

Doug Mendoza
May 23, 2018

Trump also said the meeting could be delayed as he met with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in Washington on Tuesday. The latest, the most powerful to date, took place in September and is believed to have been a hydrogen bomb.

Lawmakers' questioning of Pompeo followed Trump's comment Tuesday that "there's a very substantial chance" the meeting would not proceed as scheduled.

"We will apply financial pressure, coordinate with our (Department of Defense) colleagues on deterrence efforts, support the Iranian people, and hold out the prospect of a new deal for Iran - if it changes its behavior", Pompeo said Wednesday.

"We're moving along. We'll see what happens".

But some South Korean and Japanese media reported that workers at the site or residents from the area suffered from radioactive exposure and symptoms including cancer and the births of deformed babies, citing the North's defectors and researchers.

Kim is said to be anxious about a military coup or other hostile actors who might try to depose him while he's away. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was referring to a commitment to seriously discuss denuclearization.

The former Central Intelligence Agency director, who has met twice with Kim since the start of April, told the committee that it's his hope that when Trump and Kim confer, "we can get the North Koreans to make this strategic shift about how best to serve the country - that the nuclear weapons program isn't in fact the thing that keeps the regime in power, but the thing that prevents the regime from being in a place it wants to be with economic success".

Mr Pompeo said the USA was prepared to walk away from the talks and a "bad deal" was not an option.

"I don't like that", he said.

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He added that the Singapore summit, if it occurs, "could lead to significant detente on the Korean Peninsula and a path to economic revival of the North".

"President Trump seems committed to meeting with Kim Jong-un, but. he also seems aware that there may be practical restrictions on the process moving too quickly", he said.

North Korea had announced it would use explosives to close test tunnels, expected on Thursday or Friday. If North Korea's denuclearization is to be accomplished, Kim Jong Un will need to be granted assurances that he and his regime will be safe even without a nuclear arsenal and ICBM capability. But on Wednesday, Seoul's unification ministry said they had been allowed to attend at the last minute. -South Korean air combat drills, suspended North-South talks and threatened to scrap the summit if Pyongyang was pushed toward "unilateral nuclear abandonment".

"The second meeting I think there was a little change in attitude from Kim Jong-un", he said.

"I have every confidence that President Trump will be able to achieve a historic feat of making the upcoming U.S".

"The government will swiftly carry out necessary measures for the journalists such as granting approvals for visiting North Korea and providing transportation", the ministry said.

It was unclear whether Trump was truly backing away from the summit or whether he was strategically coaxing North Korea to the table after decades of tension on the Korean peninsula and antagonism with Washington over its nuclear weapons program.

"I will guarantee his safety, yes", Mr Trump said, if Mr Kim agreed to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation.

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