Kim — Not Trump — Was Right About Summit Ending

❝ North Korea had the more accurate take on what happened at the summit with President Donald Trump before talks failed, according to an official with the U.S. State Department.

❝ The president claimed Thursday that he had walked away from negotiations in Hanoi after Kim Jong Un demanded that all sanctions against the nation be lifted…“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said. “We had to walk away from that…”

But Pyongyang representatives called a late-night news conference later that day to correct Trump’s statements, saying that Kim wanted only economic sanctions imposed since 2016 lifted — and not any concerning weapons. In exchange, Kim offered to shut down the nation’s main nuclear complex — and was prepared to offer in writing a permanent halt to the nation’s nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, according to his officials

❝ North Korea’s account of the sanction issue was accurate, a State Department official said Friday in a briefing to the media. The Associated Press reported that Kim had sought the lifting of only United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed since March 2016 — not sanctions going back decades. The concession would have removed sanctions on a range of goods, but not weapons.

But, then, Trump might not have returned home in time to address the Freedom Floggers Whip and Chain Society in Maryland.

6 thoughts on “Kim — Not Trump — Was Right About Summit Ending

  1. Whack-a-mole says:

    “Fact-checking Donald Trump’s two-hour speech at CPAC” (PolitiFact Monday, March 4th, 2019)
    “Trump’s unhinged CPAC speech should concern us all” Eugene Robinson, Washington Post 3/4/19

  2. Juche Fruit says:

    ○ North Korea’s Tongchang-ri: Rebuilding Commences on Launch Pad and Engine Test Stand (38 North 3/5/19) includes commercial satellite imagery. 38 North analysis suggests rail-mounted transfer building is being rebuilt and engine support structure of the engine test stand is being reassembled.
    ○ SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap News Agency) — North Korea stopped the operation of its 5-megawatt reactor at its mainstay nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, late last year with no signs of reprocessing activities there, South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday.
    During a briefing to the National Assembly’s intelligence committee, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) also said that the underground tunnels of the North’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri remain shut down and unattended since their destruction in May last year, according to lawmakers of the committee.
    On a jarring note, the NIS said that it detected signs of the North restoring part of the Dongchang-ri missile launch site it tore down.
    “(The North) appears to be putting back a roof and a door (to a Dongchang-ri facility),” the NIS was quoted as saying.
    ○ (Newsweek 3/6/19): North Korea Rebuilding Dismantled Nuclear Launch Site After Trump-Kim Summit, per South Korean Intelligence
    ○ (Yonhap 3/5/19): N.K. keeps Yongbyon reactor dormant since late last year: NIS (continued)
    “The 5-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor is one of the key facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex. It is capable of producing spent fuel rods, which if reprocessed can yield 5 to 7 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium annually. About 6 kg of plutonium is required to build a single bomb. The Yongbyon complex was apparently part of the agenda for the nuclear talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week in Hanoi.The talks ended without an agreement as they failed to narrow differences over the scope of Pyongyang’s denuclearization and Washington’s sanctions relief.”

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