Saagar Enjeti – June 12, 2018
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took steps toward decreasing tensions on the Korean peninsula, in a joint statement signed by the two leaders Tuesday.
The text of the agreement was seen by reporters before its official release by the White House after Trump held it up during a joint signing ceremony with Kim Jong Un. The text of the agreement notes first that “the United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
The text also indicates that Trump gave security guarantees to the North Korean regime in exchange for taking concrete steps towards denuclearization. Most consequentially North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a pledge to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Trump and Kim also committed to holding future meetings between their two countries “led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.”
Newsmax – July 12, 2018
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will move immediately on steps toward denuclearization and that the process is moving rapidly, according to an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately,” Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore. “And he’s already indicated that.”
“It’s a process and it’s really moving rapidly,” he added.
Trump sounded optimistic, telling Hannity that he and Kim “got along from the beginning” and that Kim understood the need to dismantle his nuclear program.
“His country has to be de-nuked and he understood that, he fully understood that, he didn’t fight it,” Trump said.
Terence P. Jeffrey – June 10, 2018
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said on ABC News’s “This Week” today that the United States should go to war against North Korea if North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not agree to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
“There’s really only two options: peace or war,” Graham said.
Graham indicated that he has already prepared an Authorization for the Use of Military Force that would authorize the president to go to war against North Korea if they do not give up their nuclear program and that he is hoping Senate Democrats will join him in backing that AUMF if President Trump’s efforts to negotiate an end to North Korea’s program fail.
Newsmax – June 9, 2018
President Donald Trump said Saturday he has “a clear objective” for his upcoming nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, though he acknowledged that potential progress “will always be spur of the moment.”
He described the meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Singapore as a “one-time shot” for Kim, and Trump said he was about to undertake a “mission of peace” as he left the Group of Seven meeting with world leaders in Canada.
The president told reporters that it’s “so far, so good” as he headed into what he called “unknown territory in the truest sense.” He said he thinks “it’s going to work out very well.”
Trump, who prides himself on his deal-making prowess, said he thinks he will know “within the first minute” of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about the nuclear negotiations.
Patrick Goodenough – June 1, 2018
(CNSNews.com) – Amid simmering U.S.-China tensions in the South China Sea, a top U.S. general on Thursday underlined the military’s readiness to “protect U.S. and allied interests in the region,” and made a reference to the U.S. experience in “taking down small islands” in the Pacific during World War II.
“We continue to seek areas to cooperate with China where we can, but where we can’t we’re prepared to certainly protect both U.S. and allied interest in the region,” Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Director of the Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.
He declined to say whether China or North Korea posed a bigger security threat, saying the threats were very different, and both were taken seriously, but that it was not “useful, actually, to compare the two.”
Paul Crookston – June 1, 2018
President Donald Trump said Friday he had a “very good meeting” with Kim Yong Chol, the envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country’s top nuclear negotiator.
Kim Yong Chol delivered a letter from his boss to Trump during a White House meeting that ended up going for two hours and covered a range of topics, including denuclearization and sanctions. Trump confirmed the meeting with Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore will go forward as planned; although, he said it will only be a starting point.
“I never said it goes in one meeting,” Trump said. “I think it’s going to be a process, but the relationships are building and that’s a very positive thing.”
“You’re talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of, really, hatred between so much different nations,” Trump added. “I think you’re going to have a really positive result in the end, not from one meeting.”
Trump voiced his hope North Korea will go along with full denuclearization and will support economic development.
Newsmax – May 29, 2018
President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that a top North Korean official is headed to New York for talks on an upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as diplomatic efforts also accelerated in Asia.
Trump said in a tweet that Kim Yong Chol was traveling to New York as part of ongoing meetings between the two countries to arrange the on-again, off-again summit on the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
South Korean media earlier reported that Kim Yong Chol’s name was on the passenger list for a fight Wednesday from Beijing to New York. Kim was seen in the Beijing airport on Tuesday by Associated Press Television.
Trump tweeted: “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”
DW – May 26, 2018
North and South Korea’s leaders held a previously unannounced summit at the “truce village” in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between their two countries on Saturday, South Korea’s presidency announced.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly met for two hours at the village in Panmunjom to share their views on the pending summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump. Trump pulled out of the summit this week in a letter to Kim, but said yesterday that it may still take place.
South Korea’s Blue House, the president’s office, said Moon would present the outcome of their meeting on Sunday.
“They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US-North Korea summit,” the office said in a statement.
Debkafles – May 24, 2018
The White House letter to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un on Thursday, May 24, regretted a “missed opportunity and a truly sad moment in history.” President Donald Trump called off his meeting with the North Korean leader scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, after Pyongyang insulted Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy’ and issued threats, including, “We are just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.” Trump replied that “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel is inappropriate at this time to have this long-planned meeting.”
At the same time, Trump did not entirely close the door on future talks for a summit, provided the North Korean leader changes his tone on US administration leaders. DEBKAfile’s sources report that the removal of the North Korean nuclear issue from Washington’s immediate agenda leaves the administration free to focus on the Iranian nuclear problem.
President Trump announced later that after terminating plans for a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he spoke with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the armed forces chiefs to make sure they are ready in the event of “reckless actions by North Korea” for US operations, “should a confrontation is forced on us.
DW – May 10, 2018
The leaders of the US and North Korea are set to meet on June 12 in Singapore, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday. The meeting comes amid a historic diplomatic thaw that saw North Korea pledge to work towards denuclearization.
“We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump added.
The summit will mark the first time a sitting US president meets with a North Korean leader.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has traveled to North Korea twice in recent months to meet Kim Jong Un in preparation for the meeting with Trump.