Hurting under the sanctions the Trump Administration has imposed on North Korea, and perhaps fearful of President Trump’s tough rhetoric, Dictator Kim Jong Un has asked for a meeting with Trump.
The White House stunned everyone with a surprise announcement Thursday that Trump Administration accepted overtures from Kim to meet directly with Trump. No sitting U.S. president has met directly with the leader of North Korea.
Trump administration officials said Sunday that the United States had made no concessions to the North Korean regime in exchange for what would be a historic meeting between President Trump and the reclusive nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
HALT NUCLEAR AND MISSILE TESTING
According to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, the administration had given Kim “nothing” in exchange for Trump agreeing to meet with him and added: “While these negotiations are going on, there will be no concessions made.”
The conditions that Trump has set, according to administration officials, is that Kim would halt any nuclear or missile testing until the talks occur, and allow joint military exercises between the South Korea and the United States to proceed.
The North Korean regime has also said that the issue of “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” is also on the table.
AFTER 70 YEARS OF DEFIANCE, NK WILL DISCUSS DENUCLEARIZATION
North Korea has agreed that “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” will be part of the negotiations.
“These are real achievements. These are conditions that the North Korean regime has never submitted to in exchange for conversations,” Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Never before have we had the North Korean in a position where their economy was at such risk and where their leadership was under such pressure that they would begin conversations on the terms that Kim Jong Un has conceded to.”
The White House also left open the possibility that the talks could ultimately not occur — particularly if the North Koreans conduct nuclear or missile tests in coming weeks.
No specific date or location has been announced for the Trump-Kim discussions, and administration officials downplayed the significance of where the talks would be held. South Korean officials are hoping the talks will happen by the end of May.
WHAT WILL AMERICA’S DEALMAKER ACCOMPLISH?
Pompeo implied that Trump’s often personal attacks on Kim were among those pressure points, saying on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that U.S. intelligence officials had briefed Trump on how Kim “might react and how North Korea might respond.”
“President Trump isn’t doing this for theater. He’s going to solve a problem,” Pompeo said. “What’s most important is what’s discussed and the clarity and the strength and resolve of this president and this administration to achieve the outcome that Americans so desperately deserve.”
“We don’t have an announcement right now, but we have accepted this offer and we hope that it can be the part of an important breakthrough,” according to Deputy Press Secretary, Raj Shah.
TRUMP’S OBJECTIVE: DISMANTLE NK NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that Trump will demand that Kim dismantle his nuclear weapons program. “That’s the objective, and that’s what we’re going to accomplish,” he said.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have urged the administration to remain skeptical of Kim’s motivation to talk, although congressional Republicans credited Trump for a pressure campaign against Pyongyang that brought the regime to the discussions.