Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, is ready to go in Pyongyang for the first time after the last month’s summit. He is expected to be there on Friday. This will be one of his biggest tasks to determine if Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader, is ready to abandon his nuclear weapons.
This will be Pompeo’s third trip to Pyongyang. On both of his previous visits, he met with Kim directly. Since small talk and handshakes are behind them, this meeting could be essential. Many expect that the leaders’ deal could start taking effect after this meeting.
There is a reason to be concerned. It’s still unclear if Kim is serious about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. This is also what Donald Trump, President of the U.S., stated in his tweets after their summit.
Media reports that North Korea is still continuing to improve and build the infrastructure for its missile and nuclear programs. However, this is not a violation of anything that Kim agreed to in Singapore. It’s also not very surprising that North Korea is still doing this as there is no specific agreement on the topic yet.
This is only highlighting that North Korea didn’t agree to do something serious in Singapore. Now, this is proof that North Korea is able to continue with their nuclear program.
Trump Still Positive about Denuclearization
Trump tweeted this week that his administration is still working on the denuclearization of North Korea. He also stated that Asia is thrilled by North Korea’s decision not to test its nuclear weapons and missiles. Trump thinks that the U.S. would be at war with North Korea if it wasn’t for him.
John Bolton, a national security adviser, said on Sunday that Pompeo has an important task. He said that Pompeo is going to present Pyongyang with a plan to complete the denuclearization of North Korea.
The question on many minds is what Kim Jong Un is truly planning. Does he intend to denuclearize? Or does he think that he can agree to U.S. demands while secretly continuing to develop weapons? He’s asked for the removal of sanctions. What else does the leader want from a denuclearization deal?