Trump privately frustrated over lack of progress on North Korea negotiations

Saul Bowman
July 24, 2018

A day after his Singapore summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Trump said in a tweet, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

"This is consistent with North Korea's public line, which is that its successful test program is now transitioning to mass production of nuclear and missile systems", he said. Kim unilaterally announced a moratorium on long-range missile launches, pleasing Trump, but has pointedly said nothing about the mid-range missiles that concern Japan the most.

The notice identifies what the government deemed as two primary risks to businesses, which are the "inadvertent sourcing of goods, services, or technology from North Korea" and "the presence of North Korean citizens or nationals in companies' supply chains, whose labor generates revenue for the North Korean government".

During the meeting in April, both leaders pledged to work for the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" and to work with the United States and China to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War.

Mr. Trump said North Korea hasn't launched a nuclear or ballistic missile test in months, keeping with the pledge made by the country in March to refrain during peace talks.

Sen. Lindsey Graham is warning President Trump amid ongoing negotiations with North Korea that he's being "played" by dictator Kim Jong Un.

His rosy assertions were mocked by Democrats, who argued that little had changed and suggested the president was naive for thinking a regime with a history of delay and obfuscation would change its practices.

In its Monday edition, North Korea's state website carried a commentary criticizing Washington for its unwillingness to talk about a declaration to end the Korean War.

When Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: "Thug" Putin not welcome in Congress MORE visited Pyongyang at the beginning of July, North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA said the USA was approaching the talks with a "gangster mindset". "That's really where we are right now", he added, according to CNBC.

According to the official findings of a South Korean government probe into the disappearance of Korean Air Flight 858 in 1987, Kim and another North Korean agent planted time bombs on the plane, which exploded near Myanmar, killing all of the 115 people on board.

"Although that's unfortunate, that's the only thing that's going to get the North Koreans to behave responsibly", he said. "If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!"

Gross domestic product (GDP) in North Korea last year contracted 3.5% from the previous year, marking the biggest contraction since a 6.5% drop in 1997, when the isolated nation was going through a devastating starvation, the Bank of Korea said. "There are still steps that must be taken on the road to denuclearization - which Chairman Kim has said he will do", Brooks said.

North Korea's statement was apparently not in sync with the United States, even as Pompeo said that there was progress being made on North Korea's denuclearisation exercise.

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