The Trump administration is coordinating a second meeting between Pres. Trump and Kim Jong Un after the president received a letter from the North Korean dictator that requested another face-to-face sit-down, according to Sarah Sanders. https://t.co/qEksUm9eh8 pic.twitter.com/vOusmfBde5
— ABC News (@ABC) September 11, 2018
Courtesy of ABC News:
The Trump administration is coordinating a second meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after the president received a “very warm, very positive” letter from the North Korean dictator that requested another face-to-face sit-down, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
While Sanders said the note is “further indication of the progress that we hope to continue to make,” there is still great doubt about the regime’s willingness to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, with Trump’s top national security aide saying Monday the U.S. was “still waiting” for progress on that front.
“Stil waiting for progress on that front” is actually putting a much nicer spin on it then it deserves.
In fact, North Korea is doing virtually nothing to denuclearize.
Courtesy of Vice:
A senior Russian official who met Kim at the weekend said the despot told her he is not planning any unilateral steps to denuclearize, according to a report from Russian news agency RIA.
Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said Kim believes he has already done enough and is now waiting for the U.S. to respond to steps he already took.
Kim may be referring to the toned-down military parade Sunday that didn’t feature any intercontinental ballistic missiles — a superficial step that drew praise from Trump.
The White House seems intent on ignoring the growing evidence that Kim has already restarted his nuclear weapons program.
A report from NBC Monday, citing three senior U.S. officials, said the North Korean regime has escalated efforts to conceal its nuclear activity, including covering up the entrance to at least one warhead storage facility.
This follows a July report that Pyongyang began building work at a missile site near the capital shortly after the Singapore summit, and that the regime has developed one or two new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Along with the detected activity, U.S. officials also believe Kim is operating a secret nuclear enrichment facility, where he is producing fissile material for his nuclear arsenal.
So in the face of all of this evidence, WHY would the Trump Administration be interested in handing Un a second propaganda coup by granting a face to face meeting with and America president?
Simple, Trump likes him.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018