Trump Hints China Might Be Source of North Korea Denuclearization Talk

Trump Hints China Might Be Source of North Korea Denuclearization Talk

During the summit last month, Trump and Kim agreed to work together to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, with Trump vowing to end the U.S.

Pompeo said in Tokyo there was still a lot of work to do, but he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would stick to a commitment to abandon nuclear weapons he made during a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last month.

President Donald Trump was accused of forcing the North Korea summit "for headlines" by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. The mood appeared cordial, even jovial, during his two days in Pyongyang. In other words, North Korea is back to the "salami-slicing" approach that has dogged decades of fruitless negotiations.

Pompeo brushed the negative comments aside during a press briefing in Tokyo on July 8 and again in Afghanistan on July 9, saying that the two sides made progress during the talks.

"I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding", said CNN global affairs analyst Joseph Yun, a former top U.S. diplomat on North Korea policy. Unless they can close those gaps, the whole effort may be doomed.

Robert Carlin, a former Central Intelligence Agency and State Department analyst, said there was "from the start, a fundamental disconnect in the two side's understanding of the outlines of what had been agreed to in Singapore".

"The settlement of outstanding issues surrounding North Korea, including nuclear, missile and abduction, will be extremely important to Japan, and that will also be extremely important for regional peace and stability", Abe said at the outset of the talks.

The conflicting reports come at a tense time for North Korean-U.S. relations.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in North Korea on Friday for the latest talks on denuclearization.

CVID stands for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear program, an oft-cited demand by Washington for Pyongyang. "The issues the USA side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past US administrations had insisted on", the North Korea's foreign ministry said.

While few think that the world would be better off with increased tensions between the US and North Korea - except perhaps national security adviser John Bolton - Trump's pathetic attempts at diplomacy have squandered an actual opportunity to move toward long-term peace.

Perception gaps? Negotiating points? "The choice now lies with North Korea and its people".

It's going to take time, but eventually we can not just keep on going this way because we will end up going nowhere.

That's where Trump comes in.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", said Pompeo, noting that USA demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus among U.N. Security Council members. But for political considerations, including the fight for control of Congress in November elections, would Trump make a deal?

'Kim can afford to play hardball because it's clear to him that Trump, who has already told Americans they can sleep soundly because the threat is now over, badly wants a deal, ' Russel said.

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