Thursday, 13 December, 2018

North Korea Has No Plans to Denuclearize — CIA

South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo knows first-hand what is at stake should US-North Korean peace talks fail
Andrew Cummings | 31 May, 2018, 20:03

Dr Hecker noted that the decontamination and decommissioning of a single plant that handles radioactive materials could take a decade or more. However, three channels are now known to be in play.

However, three national security officials say the assessment does lay out a number of incentives, from infrastructure agricultural aid, that the US and South Korea may offer North Korea in an effort to convince the nation to ditch its nuclear program.

In this May 26, 2018, file photo, people watch a TV screen showing footage of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul.

The North Koreans will have to lay out a disarmament plan in the next few days if a planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is to go ahead on schedule in two weeks' time, a senior USA state department official said on Wednesday.

Lavrov is in the North Korean capital to hold talks with senior officials aimed at supporting intra-Korean negotiations and de-escalation on the Korean Peninsula.

"We plan to make preparations (for a trip) when there is an invitation, though we still do not know whether there will be one", the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity on Thursday.

Even the perpetually optimistic President Moon concedes that the US and North Korea might have different ideas about what "denuclearization" means, particularly Washington's ideas about how the process should be irreversible and verifiable.

"North Korea remains our most imminent threat".

Kim Yong Chol speaking with Pompeo.

Since the USA cancelled the planned summit last week, both sides have dialled down the rhetoric Earlier this month, president Donald Trump suddenly announced a cancellation of the summit after North Korea issued a sharp rebuke of what it saw as threatening language from the United States side, and the U.S. side warns talks could be postponed if Kim is not serious about disarmament. That offers him a chance to confer with his country's senior overseas diplomats, as well as a secure location during his American stay.

A menu signed by Pompeo and Kim.

Pence had drawn a comparison between the administration's hopes for North Korea and the "Libya model", which could be a reference to starkly different things.

There has been a flurry of diplomatic maneuvering surrounding next month's meeting between Kim and Trump over the past several weeks.

Trump and other USA officials have indicated that the summit, which the president announced he was cancelling last week, could still occur if talks improve between the two nations.

"He is a tough negotiator and an expert on inter-Korean talks, but it is true that he had been a symbol of hawks rather than harmony and reconciliation until this year", said Moon Sang-gyun, a former South Korean defense official.

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As unification minister, Cho has also been involved in talks with the North on the possibility of replacing the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 with a peace treaty. It's the mode of existence of the imperialists to make it their regular job to invade and plunder other countries and nations until they meet an end.

Trump announced that Kim Yong-chol was coming to NY for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday in which he said he had a "great team" working on the summit.

Sung Kim is now the USA ambassador to Manila.

If not enough progress is made to lead to a productive meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader, the official said, "we will ramp up the pressure on them and we'll be ready for the day that hopefully they are ready".

There were reports earlier on Wednesday that South Korean officials were noting "quite significant" differences between the United States and North Korea over denuclearisation. The US ambassadorial post in Seoul has been vacant since early 2017.

"United States is unacceptable", Admiral Harry Harris said in a change-of-command speech.

The third "channel" is at work in Singapore. Until recently, the North has viewed South Korea and the U.S.as its adversaries.

According to Russian media, he also discussed ways to expand relations during a meeting with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. The North is seen to especially be concerned about security for its leader.

Lederman reported from Washington and Bodeen from Beijing.

Experts are divided over how hard North Korea has been hit. The Russian diplomat cautioned that the ultimate goal of Korean denuclearization can not be reached as long as sanctions against Pyongyang are in place.

Any diplomatic agreement in which North Korea agrees to give up its nuclear weapons could take as long as 10 years to implement, according to a new analysis by USA experts.

"Since the president's May 24 letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans have been engaging", Sanders said. On Saturday, both Koreas said they supported a summit with the US.

Expecting any "benefit" from the imperialists, especially the US while approaching them with illusions is an act of making concession in revolutionary principle and a servile act of stepping back from the anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. struggle. "Given his personality, I don't think he will allow President Moon to steal the limelight".

Still, a top-down process offers the best prospect of talks with hierarchical North Korea. "It is very important to them".

Washington is seeking the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for certain economic and security benefits for Pyongyang.

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