Trump: ‘possible’ North Korea nuclear deal may not ‘work out’
President tells Fox he did not make concessions to Kim Jong-un though he in fact agreed to end military exercises with South Korea
Donald Trump said on Sunday it was possible that a deal he claimed objective the nuclear threat were imposed by North Korea would not work out.
A day after it was reported that Pyongyang has increased its production of enriched uranium at secret sites, Fox Business broadcast an interview with the president.
Trump was pressed on whether he trusted Kim Jong-un, whom he fulfilled last month in Singapore and with whom he said he had a great chemistry, to make good on promises to destroy Pyongyangs nuclear program.
I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him, I genuinely believe he means it, said Trump. Now, is it possible? Have I been in deals, have you been in things where, people didnt work up? Its possible.
Trumps words reversed his statement upon his return from Singapore that North Korea had ended its nuclear ambitons.
Just landed a long journey, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office, the president tweeted on 13 June. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Gratifying with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
Speaking to Fox, Trump likewise sought to shrink the perceived cost of the declared arrangement falling through, seeking to frame his negotiations with North Korea as having been achieved without concessions.
We devoted nothing, he mentioned. Think of this. What did I do, truly, when “youre thinking about” it? I ran there. So the papers say, He moved, oh, meaning I went to Singapore. So we had a fulfill. We didnt do anything.
In fact, Trump agreed to end a range of joint military exercises with South Korea, meant to act as a discouraging against the North. In the interview with Fox, he said the exercises, which I call war game, were too expensive.
Theyre plummeting bombs all over the place every six months, he mentioned, its unbelievably expensive to do that. The airplanes fly in from Guam, these massive bombers. Its crazy.
Trumps national security adviser, John Bolton, insisted that North Koreas nuclear program could still be dismantled within a year.
NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to conceal nuclear job. Earlier the coming week, the monitoring group 38 North reported that North Korea had induced rapid improvements to a nuclear reactor.
Appearing on CBSs Face the Nation, Bolton said he did not want to comment on research reports or on anything relevant to intelligence NBC having quoted more than a dozen senior US intelligence officials and the Post four.
Bolton mentioned Trump was not being played by Kim and was very well aware of North Koreas patterns of behaviour over decades of negotiating with the United States.
He told: We know exactly what the risks are of them utilizing negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear chemical biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles.
But, he added, Kim had been very emphatic several times in Singapore he was different from prior regimes.
We have developed a program, Bolton told, about truly how to dismantle all of their WMD[ weapons of mass destruction] and ballistic missile programmes in a year.
If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and theyre cooperative, we can move very quickly.
And its to North Koreas advantage to see these programs razed very quickly because then the elimination of sanctions aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flow.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is due to meet Kim in early July. South Korean media reported on Sunday that Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, comprised preparatory talks with North Korean officials in the village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone.
A leading Senate foreign policy hawk, meanwhile, took a less diplomatic tint. Interviewed on NBCs Meet the Press, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina mentioned North Korea would regret it if nuclear talks collapsed.
I dont want a campaign with North Korea, Graham said. The last best chance to avoid that war is a peaceful terminate to their nuclear program if they dont take it, and they play Trump like theyve played everybody else, theyre going to regret it.