President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed an agreement that the president called “comprehensive.” Unfortunately, the agreement offered no details about what the work toward denuclearization will entail.
The agreement has four main components. It says that the United States and North Korea will commit to a new relationship “in accordance with the desire of the people,” build a “stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula, that both countries will reaffirm the April 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, and commit to recovering prisoners of war.
There is a bit of apprehension when it comes to the North Korea-United States Summit. Taken at face value, the agreement signed by Trump and Kim seems hopeful. But it is important to realize that North Korea has promised to abandon its nuclear weapons — many times in the past several decades — with surprising consistency. North Korea had used this notion of denuclearization as a sort of bargaining chip or when there was some sort of internal crisis.
Secretary of State Gets Triggered
The shallowness of the summit did not get past our press. During a conference, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted a reporter when he was asked to verify the denuclearization deal, and why it was not included in the agreement. Pompeo decided to lambast the reporter: “Just so you know, you could ask me this, I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous,” Pompeo said. “I just have to be honest with you; it’s a game and one ought not to play games with serious matters like this.”
Pompeo reiterates: “I suppose we — you — could argue semantics, but let me assure you it’s in the document.”
Reporter: “The president said it will be verified.”
Pompeo: “Of course it will.”
Q: “Can you tell us a little bit more about–what is, what discussed about how?”
Pompeo: “Just so you know, you could ask me this, I find that question insulting & ridiculous & frankly ludicrous.”
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 13, 2018
All that was asked was if we are actually breaking away from the circle jerk and are genuinely committed to North Korea denuclearization efforts. After all, the full text of the document they singed has been online since shortly after they signed it, and it contains no guarantees of anything, despite the fact that Trump is making promises to North Korea.
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