Kim Jong-un 'Pledged' That N. Korea Will Stop Nuclear Tests, S. Korean Advisor Says
N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "committed to denuclearization," Chung Eui-yong, South Korean security advisor, said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Eui-yong said, "Kim [Jong-un] pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests." He added that Kim "understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue." The N. Korean leader expressed his "eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible," he said.
Eui-yong thanked President Trump and his "close friend [National Security Advisor] General McMaster" for their efforts. "I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture."
"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization," he said. The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan, and other partners around the world "remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
"Along with President Trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution," he continued, adding that the S. Korea and its partners "stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past and that the pressure will continue until N. Korea matches its words with concrete action."
Trump responded to the news on Twitter:
Earlier this year, PJM's Claudia Rosett warned about the Kim regime's duplicitous behavior toward the international community:
And over the decades, to deflect international pressure, North Korea has mastered the art of bait-and-switch, engaging in talks and deals as one more means of enabling -- not ending -- its development of illicit weapons. The pattern is that North Korea every so often comes to the table, and in exchange for its promises of better behavior extracts concessions from the Free World -- such as free food and fuel, diplomatic favors, the easing of whatever sanctions are in place -- then cheats, walks away, and carries on building ever more powerful weapons of mass destruction. The accurate term for this is not diplomacy. It is extortion.
Rosett went on to describe previous failed efforts that resulted from Kim's brash subterfuge:
Thus has North Korea over the years punctuated its advancing nuclear and missile programs with such episodes as President Bill Clinton, in 2000, welcoming a top-ranking North Korean military official for a 45-minute face-to-face presidential sitdown in the White House; a trip by former Secretary 0f State Madeleine Albright to Pyongyang that same year; or, in 2007, Chris Hill, President Bush's chief negotiator for the Six-Party talks with North Korea, wining and dining North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. And who can forget the festivities in 2008, when the U.S. forked over millions of dollars to North Korea for the basically irrelevant demolition of a cooling tower at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex? As you might have noticed, none of this glad-handing served to stop North Korea's pursuit of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, with which it is now threatening to target the United States.