President Donald Trump and the North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met at the Hanoi, Vietnam summit, and three months after their meeting, confusion has set in concerning the approach toward North Korea not playing by the rules.
Missles were again tested by North Korea, but it is unclear if it was “ballistic missiles” or not.
The State Department did not claim them to be, but the National Security Adviser John Bolton stated North Korea violated the agreement and they are not responding to the chief U.S. negotiator.
The Pentagon has called them “ballistic,” and it is setting off a lot of red flags. President Trump says he has different views from his advisers when it comes to the statement.
Since the meeting in Vietnam, there was no deal set in stone, but both leaders were serious on negotiations.
The U.S. is demanding North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, but they will not do anything until they receive sanctions relief. The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Kim Jong Un did agree on “denuclearization.”
Pompeo feels the two have not come to an agreement or a deal in detail, such as the order of actions or requirements on North Korea’s part. President Trump stated, “I am in no rush to make a deal, and Kim understands the right path forward.”
While he was in Japan, the president also stated, “My people think it could have been a violation, as you know, I view it differently. “Perhaps [Kim] wants to get attention, and perhaps not. Who knows? It doesn’t matter.”
Michael Fuchs served under the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of state for the East Asian and the Pacific Affairs stated, “That’s left mixed messages and incoherent policies. What Trump doesn’t understand is that the U.S. can make clear its ongoing interest in diplomacy with North Korea while also calling out North Korea’s provocative behavior.”
Morgan Ortagus who is a spokesperson for the Secretary of State tried to take a middle approach since the statement was unclear stating, “The entire North Korean WMD program – it’s in conflict with the U.N. Security resolutions. What the secretary is focused on, where he’s trying to support the president is in trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD program.”
Ortagus added this to clarify previous discussions they had with the president, “We want these talks and discussions to remain ongoing. We’re focused on the relationship between President Trump and Kim Jong Un and continuing talks and dialogue.”
Everyone is trying to figure out if there was any violation of the U.N. Security Council from North Korea.
On two separate occasions, it was expressed firmly, in 2006 they stated, “The international body demand[ed] that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile”
Also in 2013, which is still in effect “The international body demand that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea not proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology” The word “ballistic” was not used by Ortagus as she just used the word “launched.”
Bolton stated, “The U.S. has really not heard much from North Korea. The lead working-level negotiator for the U.S., Stephen Biegun can’t wait to talk to his North Korean counterpart, but they have not responded.” The State Department declined to admit they agree with Bolton as a spokesperson told ABC News, “The United States remains ready to engage in constructive discussions. We continue to invite our counterparts for negotiations.”
Last week, Ortagus stated, “Talks and discussions are ongoing. Still, the U.S. has hope in these talks because [Trump and Pompeo] have had face-to-face conversations with Kim Jong Un, in which they felt like they had a real commitment from him to denuclearize.”
This could be something huge, but it sounds like another media set up against the president. If the president isn’t concerned, then we should be fine.
One must also keep in mind, the location of the president when these words were spoken, the fact of Ortagus’ comment before Trump’s statement, and the negotiations are still ongoing.
It was stated when President Trump met Kim Jong Un it was only the first set of many meetings.
The meeting in Vietnam will not be the last, and in negotiations, there is no one better than one of the most successful businessmen than Trump to deliver.
We have to remember, no one before him has been this close.