By: Brian Evans
President Trump has been doing his final preparations for his meeting with the North Korean leader following his arrival on Saturday. Lower level meetings have been occurring during his preparation time, in order to lay the framework for the higher level talks and negotiations taking place this week. President Trump was scheduled to officially meet with Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday morning. However, that meeting has been moved up to 9pm Eastern Time tonight.
The White House released a statement today that stated…
“The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.”
The White House released the following statement…
President Trump and Kim Jong Un will then begin the negotiations, as the President works to convince the North Korean regime to implement total, complete, and irreversible denuclearization. A demand that will likely come with the request of American economic assistance. The President has already begun to lay the framework of additional talks, as he has indicated his intention of inviting Kim Jong Un to the United States, if this weeks negotiations go well. However, President Trump also made it clear that this is a one shot deal, and Kim Jong Un should tread carefully so not to blow the talks and negotiations.
Trump envisions any possible denuclearization occurring in stages and possible future meetings, telling reporters Thursday he may invite Kim Jong-un to the White House if the first meeting goes well.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters…
“North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize, and we are eager to see if those words prove sincere. The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face to face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world.”Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
Pompeo went on to say that…
“The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed. The complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korea peninsula is the only outcome that the United States will accept.”
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
The White House stated yesterday that…
“The United States delegation at tomorrow’s expanded bilateral meeting will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch.”
President Trump will take place in direct one-on-one negotiations with Kim Jong Un, and then be joined by a delegation for more expanded bilateral meetings. After the talks and negotiations, President Trump will answer questions from the press corps, and likely will answer questions about how productive the talks were. Afterwards, President Trump will board Air Force 1 for his return flight back to the United States.
In all, President Trump has already accomplished what no other President has been able to do. He has been able to get Kim Jong Un to come to the negotiating table. Now, the President has to find out how serious Kim Jong Un is about nuclear disarmament. Trump will have to implement careful and strategic negotiations to achieve nuclear disarmament, but will also likely have to convince Kim Jong Un that the United States will guarantee their security, both financial and from invasion. Since the Korean war, North Korea has sought a way to guarantee their country’s security from invasion, and to the detriment of the world, nuclear weapons was their way of ensuring that. However, North Korea have a long history of lies, deceit, and broken promises, and the Trump Administration knows that. Regardless, President Trump will certainly press the importance of North Korea joining in with the global economic market, rather than the United States and our allies just handing over loads of cash, as former Administrations have done. Still, some economic assistance may be temporarily necessary to help the faltering North Korean regime. That assistance will likely come from China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. However, if the President is successful, not only would the President and his Administration help disarm one of the greatest nuclear threats in history, but he could help lift them from their bubble of isolation, and the North Korean people out of the ashes of poverty and desperation. An accomplishment that seemed somehow so-far out of reach and unattainable, but now a possibility, however remote. Also, in doing so, President Trump would help ensure that North Korea would be de-incentivized to strive for nuclear weapons in the future, as a growing and thriving economy is a strong and immense deterrent for future threats against other nations around the globe.