The White House has already confirmed that the U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The sudden announcement of the meeting has alarmed many politicians and diplomats in Washington DC as they fear Kim Jong-un might try to buy time to proliferate his nuclear ambition a bit further by dint of this meeting procedures.
As the story unfolds
On March 8, South Korea’s National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong told the press after a meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. President “would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”
Mr. Eui-Yong said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.”
President Trump said in a tweet on the same day, “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”
North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017 and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2018
On March 9, the U.S Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement, “North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization – while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing – is evidence that President Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working.”
“The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World. Time and place to be determined,” President Trump again tweeted on March 9.
The U.S. Politicians are worried
Many of the U.S. lawmakers have been worried about the meeting President Trump has been planning since he received an invitation from Kim.
The U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island said, “Sitting at the table is the easy part. Solving this problem is hard.”
Connecticut’s Senator Chris Murphy said, “The worst-case outcome for U.S. is also the most likely — a great, legitimizing photo op for Kim, and no material commitment on disarmament.”
“Alarmingly, the United States enters into this arrangement with a serious dearth of regional experts and experienced negotiators: a hollowed-out State Department, no U.S. envoy for North Korea negotiations, and no ambassador to South Korea,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.
CIA’s Pompeo Backs Trump
The CIA director Mike Pompeo has defended the Trump decision to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Mr. Pompeo said the U.S. President understand the risks. He told the Fox News the President “isn’t doing this for theatre, he is going there to solve a problem.”
“Never before have we had the North Koreans in a position where their economy was at such risk, where their leadership was under such pressure,” Pompeo told Fox News.