The media has hammered President Donald Trump with questions about the denuclearization of North Korea ahead of his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But according to the president, there’s nothing to get worked up about.
“I’m not in a rush, I don’t want to rush anybody,” Trump told reporters. “I just don’t want testing” at this point, he added.
Big Meeting with Kim
Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks. This will be the second time the world leaders have met personally.
Trump came away very positively from their first meeting, saying he and Kim and had come to an agreement that would lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
But when North Korea did not turn over its nukes overnight, Trump was hammered by the media.
Knowing every word he says gets broken down to the most minute detail, Trump is now telling the media to cool its heels.
Obviously, the nuclear program is going to be on the table, but Trump is keeping his actual agenda very close to the vest this time.
When pressed as to what the agenda for the meeting will be, Trump said: “What’s going to happen, I can’t tell you.”
He did, however, state: “As long as there’s no [nuclear] testing, we’re happy.”
Trump has to take the approach that these meetings are serving as building blocks for future negotiations and agreements with Kim.
This is by far the most dialogue that Kim has engaged in with the United States, and for the sake of peace, it is mandatory that Trump continues to keep the lines of communication open.
During the last meeting, Trump and Kim apparently laid the groundwork to dismantle Kim’s nuclear program.
While there has not been any testing since the first meeting, there have been no overt signs that North Korea has begun the process of ending its nuclear program outright. Hopefully, that will change after this meeting.
President Trump has clearly learned a lesson during his first two years in the White House, especially when it comes to issues such as this.
He is no longer painting a black and white picture, but leaving all options on the table until something is in writing. Smart move, Mr. President.