President Trump has accepted an offer by North Korean President Kim Jong-Un to meet, and the two leaders will get together by May, South Korea official told reporters Thursday.
In a statement White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders suggested the circumstances of the meeting had not be finalized.
“President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”
In what ranks as only an apparent concession, Kim said he was committed to denuclearization and pledged to refrain from nuclear and missile tests, while South Korea and the United States will still be permitted to hold joint military exercises.
This is all very demoralizing and dangerous. Note that the North did not say it would abandon or halt its nuclear weapons program. As they say, the centrifuges are still spinning.
The problem is that the North is on the cusp of an ability to strike the United States. Once it can do so with nuclear weapons, there is no turning back.
Kim has played very successfully for the time he needs. First, we had to go through the Olympics. Now we will wait another couple of months for a meeting between Trump and Kim. And then negotiators will start talking, and we’ll ease sanctions as a “carrot.”. And before you know it, it will be September and the North will angrily withdraw from the talks, perform new tests, and be ready to counter any U.S. hostile actions by dropping an nuclear weapon on Chicago.
What’s amazing is that none of this is new. North Korea has always used talks to distract the world while it builds its weapons. We’re falling for another ruse.