North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly has not changed his stance on denuclearization, even as he seeks to find common ground with the U.S. in order to secure a summit with President Trump.
Kim’s stance on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula remains “unchanged, consistent and fixed,” state media quoted him as saying, according to North Korean media reported by Reuters.
Last week, Trump cancelled a summit with Kim that had been planned for June 12 in Singapore over what he cited as North Korea‘s “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent public statements. The U.S. also said North Korean officials failed to meet their U.S. counterparts for a planning meeting ahead of the summit , citing the no show as a sign of bad faith.
Since then, both countries have indicated willingness to renegotiate the summit. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that progress had been made toward salvaging a historic summit between Trump and Kim, calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world.”
After more than two hours of formal talks with Kim’s right-hand aide, Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, Pompeo spoke as though the summit Trump canceled last week was likely to be reinstated, though he still framed it as an “expected” first meeting.
However, the two countries still have not reached a consensus on denuclearization. The U.S. wants a complete, “irreversible” and “verifiable” dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear sites. Many experts believe that Kim’s insistence on a “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and security guarantees by the U.S. includes caveats for South Korea and a requirement that the U.S. withdraw its military presence in South Korea.
Denuclearization will go forward on a “state-by-stage basis” for now, Kim said in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Reuters.
What say you SOFREP? Will the meeting happen and will we get the deal we want and that the world needs?