Mike Pompeo Says That Washington Knows the Risk of Trump-North Korea Meeting

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The director of the CIA Mike Pompeo has defended President Trump’s decision to meet the leader of North Korea. Mr. Pompeo says that the president understands the risks of not realizing a fully denuclearized Korean peninsula. The spy chief stated to Fox News that the US president was not arranging the meeting for any form of theatrics but was in it to solve a problem. President trump has alluded that the summit in which he could meet Kim Jong Un would bear the greatest deal the world has ever seen. However, there are some foreign policy analysts and political commentators who have warned that the stand-off between Pyongyang and Washington could end up deteriorating if the bilateral talks go poorly. Never before in the history of the United States has an American president ever met a leader of North Korea.

The North Koreans had for a long time wanted to have such a summit. According to Washington however, such a summit was only possible after the North Koreans had reached significant concessions. President Donald Trump has in the past said that the US would not meet Pyongyang at a negotiating table before Kim abandoned his nuclear missile program. However, when a delegation from South Korea delivered an offer from the North for a meeting with Washington to Trump, he accepted without hesitation. The US government officials were also taken by surprise by the President’s decision.

Trump has sent two of his leading envoys to Tokyo and Beijing to brief the respective governments on the way forward regarding the upcoming talks. The President of South Korea, Moon Jae In has sent his top national security advisor to China to meet president Xi, Jing Ping. At the same time, the head of the intelligence agency in Seoul has been sent to Japan to meet with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The regime in Pyongyang has said that it was willing to give up its ballistic nuclear weapons program under certain conditions. Since 2003 however, any attempts to negotiate a disarmament deal with North Korea has failed terribly. Pyongyang has since pulled out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The CIA Director said that the US government under Trump leadership had its eyes wide open to the challenges of having to deal with a rogue nuclear state such as North Korea. Mr. Pompeo said that Washington was now coming to the negotiations table with Pyongyang after US and UN-led sanctions had caused North Koreas economy to deteriorate.

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