Well, they ARE in love.
Courtesy of Stuff:
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he had “productive talks” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday (Monday NZT), with the pair reportedly agreeing to hold a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump as soon as possible.
Pompeo and Kim met for about two hours and then had a 90-minute lunch together. South Korea later said the two men agreed to a second Kim-Trump summit “at the earliest possible date.”
Now apparently the reason that Secretary of State Miek Pompeo is agreeing to this second summit was that investigators were invited to tour a defunct North Korean nuclear test site.
Courtesy of CNN:
On Sunday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that “Chairman Kim invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled.”
But here’s the thing. The site was rendered unusable recently, so who cares, and it is not the only test site in North Korea.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted his visit to North Korea this weekend as a victory, highlighting Kim Jong Un’s supposed concession of inviting inspectors to a defunct nuclear testing site.
This was met with the equivalent of an eye roll from many experts.
“This is almost them reselling the same car to the Americans,” said Andrea Berger, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. “We’re not inspecting a new action or a new facility. They already dismantled the site.”
The testing site, Punggye-ri, was closed six months ago because it was no longer needed by North Korea. Some of the tunnels in the mountain complex may have collapsed, rendering them unusable.
North Korea invited inspectors to witness to site’s demolition in April, only to retract that and allow only journalists to attend. Extending the same offer to the Americans six months later, Berger said, amounts to an old concession dressed up as a new breakthrough.
Yeah, somebody is getting yanked here and I think it’s Donald Trump and his Secretary of State.
By the way, Trump is not the only one in a hurry to get a playdate with Kim Jong Un.
Courtesy of News.com:
The Kremlin says it is working on plans to host North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Moscow.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Mr. Putin extended an invitation to Mr. Kim last month to visit Russia, and that Moscow is working on the details of where and when that meeting could happen.
Can you imagine a meeting that included Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un?
Talk about a “Devil’s Triangle.”