Secretary Mike Pompeo Press Conference Following Meetings With DPRK Vice-Chair Kim Yong-Chol…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea Vice-Chair Kim Yong-chol have concluded two days of discussions and meetings surrounding an agreement for the DPRK to eliminate all nuclear weapons and retreat from their nuclear ambitions.

Secretary Pompeo and Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol continue working toward a possible meeting between President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12th.   After their meetings Secretary Pompeo held a press conference:

President Trump spoke briefly about the ongoing negotiations:

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102 Responses to Secretary Mike Pompeo Press Conference Following Meetings With DPRK Vice-Chair Kim Yong-Chol…

  1. sundance says:

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    • TimesUp says:

      This is as opaque as it comes and leaves room for everything from no meeting in Singapore to a bona fide agreement to full and irreversible denuclearization. Reports I read the last couple of days pointed to the NK envoy saying it could take up to 15 years to completely denuclearize. If that is the offer I would ask what about the word “no” do they not understand.

      I remain from Missouri.

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        15 years???
        He doesn’t understand Trump time.
        18 months maximum, American supervised.
        Betcha Trump “has a guy” who could do it in 12 months, under budget.

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        • Karmaisabitch says:

          They can start on the day of signing; take a month max, it’s a popcorn country, inspectors can cover it in no time at all. The most painless way to go, quick and party like it is 2019 .

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          • mossback says:

            Back in the day when I worked for a government contractor, the DoS gave us 45 days to get started……..usually were ready in 30……and that is boots on the ground in 30 days.

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        • TimesUp says:

          I want to correct the impression I left that the Kim administration is trying to delay the process for 15 years. In fact, an article I read (below) cites a nuclear scientist at Stanford University as speaking to a 15 year process.

          http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korea-nuclear-program-would-take-15-years-to-dismantle-2018-5?r=UK&IR=T

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          • Debora West says:

            I checked the credentials and some of the background on the Stanford nuclear scientist from the Business Insider article. His name is Siegfried Hecker. He is a past Director at Los Alamos..which gives him a bit of relevance (to me at least) because he was involved in research for nuclear site clean-up.. But, he is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford…which according to their website focuses on international policy studies for governance, security, global health, energy and international development. A stated goal is for their research to provide context for the decision making processes in DC, Geneva and Beijing. Hmmmmmmm makes me think about the political leanings of Stanford but the positive benefits of Hecker ‘s nuclear site cleanup is crucial. I certainly believe it will take several years to clean-up the nuclear testing and development sites, but I agree with Trump that things need to roll rapidly. We have seen the shock and awe methodology our president uses blow through political processes intentionally designed to impede progress or change.

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            • Ad rem says:

              Your comment was mistakenly sent to the spam bin…. 😦

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            • Maquis says:

              Ja. Clean up of nuke sites will take a bit, but every weapon and every fixture and gram of uranium can be out in a relative heartbeat.

              Imagine the fun of having our EOD, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, repurposing conventional weaponry now trained on Seoul to destroy their missiles and manufacturing sites.

              Imagine Trump telling Kim not to worry about the cleared out cavernous facilities in mountains across NK, that “God will take care of those, so keep your people out of there, especially around Zero-Dark-Thirty on such and such a day…”

              Rods from God, anyone? Making True Believers of the Iranian Mullahs scheming in caves of their own? 💀

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            • James says:

              Debora, you make some good points and good assessment. We should be very cautious about what we are reading from the MSM and consider the background of people who are commenting. Because we know that our press is always looking for a way to sabatoge Donald Trump.

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            • KBR says:

              It should be up to NK to “clean up” the mess.

              We just want the nukes utterly gone and the capabilities for building more permanently dismantled, and ongoing inspections to make sure of it.

              Sounds like Siegfried Hocker is talking about “cleaning up” a contaminated place rather than destroying a place where nukes are built.

              Of course, getting rid of their armaments and materiels will involve some of that, but it is not up to US taxpayers to shoulder the burdens of paying for their “clean ups.”

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            • George True says:

              I am not sure how they would clean up their nuclear testing site, since they recently blew it up and collapsed it.

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              • Newt Love says:

                > “I am not sure how they would clean up their nuclear testing site, since they recently blew it up and collapsed it.”

                So, their collapsed site is now about the same as a uranium mine in Nevada or North Dakota? The yellow cake ore has been there in NV and ND for eons. It is mined, and refined. It’s still a “HOT Site” after the site has been mined.

                So, the NoKos have a hot site in their mountain, but it can’t be mined. It is an environmental disaster. BFD.

                I hope that their workers die quickly from radiation exposure, so that they won’t be able to help make more weapons.
                Harsh on my part, but my true feelings.

                So what?
                Let Trump and Pompeo negotiate, and let’s see what happens.

                If nothing else, US conventional weapons can eliminate the entire NoKo regime. If they try to use their artillery and missiles against SoKo and Japan, then less than 1% of our nuke arsenal will turn every NoKo military base / asset and all NoKo Regime sites into obsidian, (lava glass).

                Little Rocket Man, Kimchi Jonnie Un-Icorn needs to contemplate his options very carefully.

                To quote from the Trump Campaign history, “Honey Badger don’t give a sh–.”

                Don’t mess or cross The Donald.

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          • CaptainNonno says:

            An academic. Ugh. So sick of these enlightened ones. This has never been done before and not by POTUS. And, it will be the template for Iran so I don’t think 15 years is in the realm of practicality.

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        • El Torito says:

          That would be Mattis.

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        • jmclever says:

          Betcha General Kelley knows some guys at DoD who could completely and irreversibly denuclearize NoKo in a matter of minutes. Just sayin’. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          LOL daughworks!

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        • doug says:

          Bingo.

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      • Wink says:

        Reports by whom?

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      • phoenixRising says:

        from where do your “reports” come may I ask?

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  2. DanO64 says:

    Thanks SD.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “…..continue working toward a possible meeting between President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12th. ”

    Just the fact that this is occurring is giving the never-Trumpers conniption fits. We shall see what happens. If you would have asked most people a year ago if PDJT could have made this much progress so far, us Treepers know what the answer would have been. Derision, scorn and ridicule – just like Miss Ann Coulter experienced at that round table (I believe it was CNN) when she was asked who had the best chance of winning and she replied, “Donald Trump”. I guess she got the last laugh and can still smile on, while all those other people wrestle with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Actually Miss Ann Coulter was not serious when she said that.She is and always will be a opportunist.So good post otherwise..

      Liked by 1 person

      • James says:

        How do you know she wasn’t serious? She has said several things that made me think she was serious.

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        • mr.piddles says:

          Michael Moore “warned” of the Trump effect too. I think smart and honest people could see the impact he was having on the election. What with the plain talk and the 10,000 person rallies. Everyone else was in denial.

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        • Newt Love says:

          > “How do you know she wasn’t serious? …”

          Ann Coulter is ALWAYS Serious when talking politics and policy.

          NEVER FORGET THAT!

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      • Don Weber says:

        She most definitely was serious. Sure she’s an opportunist, but she was one of his first and most well-known backers primarily due to his tough immigration stance. She wrote In Trump We Trust.

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  4. Sanj says:

    Its good to have the A team in place at Foggy Bottom

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Notice how orderly the press conference was run. Pompeo is on top of these negotiations and it looks like the talks are moving ahead for a June 12 summit. This guy is a real winner!

      Liked by 9 people

      • beigun says:

        He’s a former tank commander! I think the DPRK will respect him Biggly!

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      • rf121 says:

        Heather has been running the pressers from the start of the PT admin. Iron fist.

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        • Li'l D in the Big D says:

          Inasmuch as the final question did not come through Heather needs to plan a little better and have portable mics available for the media so that the viewers are able to hear all questions. I find this very frustrating.

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        • Actually I think there has been a change in the Press behavior the last week or so. There was almost no screaming out at the end of this Q & A, just a muffled few quickly silenced. Previously there has been a cacophony at the end of every Q & A.

          Sarah’s on camera pressers have been few & far between. I think the press were called to account and are becoming aware of the concept of consequences.

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      • melski says:

        And, I would add, Heather Nauert is a first class Press Secretary for the State Department.
        She ran that show and I was impressed. She is a complete professional! Much better than the individuals the Obama administration ever had.

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    • Newt Love says:

      > “It’s good to have the A-team in place at Foggy Bottom.”

      “I love it when a Plan comes together.”
      – Col Hannibal Smith, leader of the A-Team

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  5. Tonawanda says:

    Clarity and reality – – what a difference when the American people are informed by adults.

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  6. David R. Graham says:

    Things have moved rapidly since Rex Tillerson retired. Good man but he talked too much.

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    • Tom F says:

      I will write once again that Mr. Tillerson set up invaluable communications between President Trump’s Administration and those in the global oil/gas/energy industry and leaders of Countries who now import our gas/oil/coal. He did a wonderful job.
      His job was finished………..next.
      Sec Pompeo is now doing a wonderful job in accordance with a job specific plan set forth by President Trump.
      Long after my time generations will be reading about the genius of our President.

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  7. fleporeblog says:

    A fellow Treeper (svenwg) responded to my post about Rep. Nunes easily becoming our 46th President with the following:

    Hi Flep, would not Mike Pompeo be a better President in 2024 with Devin Nunes as Vice President and for Devin to take over the reigns in 2032?

    After watching this interview and everything Secretary Pompeo has done in the past month, I would be so happy if Mike Pompeo was our 46th President and Devin was his VP.

    We have some incredible men on the bench that makes the opportunity for TRUMPISM to be our country’s motto for the next 50+ years.

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    • Toenail says:

      I agree and I know that ! am getting the cart before the horse but sometimes it is just fun to think of how great America could be!

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      With all due respect, can’t we just get through PDJT’s first term?

      A couple of people were squawking yesterday evening on FNC (someone else in the house had it on, I don’t recall the show- perhaps “The Ingraham Angle”) about who the Democrats could run as a viable candidate in 2020. Speculation like that, IMO, is a colossal waste of time that could be better spent discussing current issues..

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    • Rep. Nunes has a career C grade on immigration per numbersusa.com, That would be like saying Lyin Ted Cruz would be a good prez, MAGA2020

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      • fleporeblog says:

        I judge the man with his actions as of 2016! Our President was once for abortions. People can and do change.

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        • Roger that, grade from 2015 to 2018 is a big fat D per numbersusa.com.

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          • GB Bari says:

            Excuse me but can you please explain why any critical thinking patriot should put any weight or credence in “grades” as declared by “numbersusa”.

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            • The grades are determined by the Rep or Senators voting record.

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              • GB Bari says:

                That was obvious. That does not explain why we should consider the grade to be relevant to our best interests.

                In other words, exactly who has anointed themselves as Chief Judge as to what voting record constitutes an “A” rating versus a “B” rating, etc.?

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              • GB Bari says:

                The grades are determined by how the Rep voted on a bill or sponsored or cosponsored a bill affecting immigration. The vote for a multi-faceted bill does not necessarily indicate the Reps preference for illegal immigration.

                In the case of the recent large omnibus spending bill, there was much more than immigration at stake, especially Defense spending. I trust PDJT, so if Nunes voted in favor, I have no problem.

                Numbersusa is attempting to score every vote based on numbersusa’s owners opinions about the provisions in the bills, but that scoring remains subjective.

                In the end, after reviewing the site, my conclusion is that it’s just more opinion being self-characterized as pro-American, conservative, etc. It’s a good presentation but nonetheless one must consider other factors about a Representative’s actions and weigh them along with this site’s opinion.

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “People can and do change.”

          Yes, he said that he changed his mind after seeing a sonogram of his child in utereo. I do not know if it was Tiffany or Barron, but that is a good enough testimony for me. I also am not sure when he came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (trusting him alone and one’s own works for salvation)

          Ephesians 2:1 ¶ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
          2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
          3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
          4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
          5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
          6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
          7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
          8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
          9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
          10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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    • Orygun says:

      That would be a comforting thought. This country is in need of some clear eyed visionaries to lead us into the future instead of a global criminal cartel.

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    • Sharon says:

      I agree! Mike Pompeo!

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Secretary of Agriculture.

      Devin Nunes belongs to the Latino Caucus in Washington DC. Former Vice Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus. No special interest groups in the White House. We’ve had enough of Obama types thinking everything is about Social order. They lie. It’s always about money. Ask any Lobbyist.

      Social Justice and New World Order types are money grubbers that steal from the coffers of all the people. That is how we got $20 Trillion of debt. That money was not spent here, in the good old USA….it lined the pockets of their friends, family and for future business deals for their special interest.

      VP’s matter. Dick Cheney was Halliburton. Neocons love war….that’s their special interest. That was the Bush version of trickle-down economics. Notice that VP Daddy was a spook and got us into the Middle East wars, and George W was just fine with the Patriot Act and another war in the Middle East.

      Power corrupts.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        I completely disagree because Devin has power beyond the imagination chairing his committee and being a Gang of 8 member. There is absolutely no evidence that power has corrupted him.

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        • Maquis says:

          No, he is passing this test of courage and patriotism with vigor. However, he hasn’t the skill set or experience to even light a candle to Trump in terms of leadership and massive organizational management.

          We rewarded Eisenhower with the Presidency, and we got little to show for it. I am mightily uncomfortable with calls for elevating this man to such power. KAGA, Keeping America Great ALWAYS, will need a shrewd and strong fellow able to fight the last desperate gasps of Globalism.

          I like Pompeo. But I am more concerned now about backing Trump, and enjoying the Left’s meltdown. Elizabeth Warren? Really? Please! Bring it! Get Michael Moore to be her telegenic and articulate VP candidate while you’re at it!

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      • RICHARD CANARY says:

        “Power corrupts.” — Donna in Oregon,
        Other than the following, I agree with your comment.
        Your last line reminds me of the often misquoted saying that “money is the root of all evil”, when the quote actually is “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil”.

        Likewise, the truth is that the LOVE of power corrupts. Quite a big difference.

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    • Dave Radetsky says:

      Fleporeblog – We actually haven’t had any good people on the bench that could handle the presidency after Trump until now. Pompeo is truly showing the kind of leadership we need to follow Trump and Nunes would be a good one to assist as he prepares to follow that administration. Hopefully things will move forward for them. But we also have to remember that Pence will be in line in 2024 and Republicans tend to not challenge an incumbent VP they like. Time will tell, but it would be nice if Pompeo continues to grow in the eyes of the public so that him stepping in for 2024 would be well accepted.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        I think it will be apparent to Pence that he is considered to far to the right! He has a record from Indiana.

        Americans want people that can solve issues regardless of their political belief. Nunes, Pompeo, Zienke, Governor Abbott fit that mold.

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      • CaptainNonno says:

        Pence is so much more involved in every asp ct of this Administration it would be hard to imagine him not being the 2024 candidate. If Pompeo delivers Iran there might be overwhelming cause to elect him but economics and social reform are not his strength right now.

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      • phoenixRising says:

        But we also have to remember that Pence will be in line in 2024

        Why?
        First of all Pence may not be on the ticket in 2020.
        POTUS didn’t want him in 2016. He fought it for 3 weeks. Finally gave in to prevent more aggressive attacks to remove himself from the ticket. Pence is GOPe. We don’t need that in the WH.
        There’s evidence Pence threw Gen Flynn under the bus.
        Aside from these factors, Pence doesn’t have the personality for POTUS.

        Putting all of that aside… the tradition of the VP automatically having a lock on the nomination is passe… often a total mistake if allowed. etc.

        Sorry. I’m trying to learn how to express myself in a more assertive manner, seem to not be able to quite get the hang of it.

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        • Maquis says:

          Troll Hunting Season is coming up soon! An excellent target-rich opportunity to refine righteous assertiveness, aggression even!

          Fun for the whole family!

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  8. Curry Worsham says:

    Secretary Pompeo looked like for a second, he wanted to say, “Martha, you ignorant slut”.

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  9. Giant Ground Sloth says:

    I remember the North Korean media saying relatively complimentary things about Donald Trump during the 2016 election. But after he was elected, the North Koreans became extremely confrontational and bellicose. At the time I didn’t understand what happened. But now I realize it was mostly because of China.

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  10. beigun says:

    DPRK is on the verge of a financial collapse from Chinse sanctions…only the Remy Martin “Emperor” Cognac is getting through, by ship transfer at sea.

    Trump and Xi will need to think out of the box to make this all work.

    Guarantee of full denuclearization may require US-Chinese SOF for enforcement with DPRK?
    Guarantee of Kim’s security may require US-Chinese SOF for enforcement with DPRK (prevent a Coup)?

    Maybe it will take Big Power collaboration to resolve the Big Power fubar of Yalta (thanks to Alger Hiss and real Russian Collusion!) that gave birth to a divided Korea.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I think the South Korea and North Korea dynamic is a bit of a ruse. I don’t trust Koreans or Chinese.

      How much money has South Korea been given by US taxpayers?

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  11. fred5678 says:

    I have fingers crossed for Donald J. Trump’s first book after he retires in 2025:

    The Deal of the Century.– The inside story of negotiating with North Korea

    I was 9 and 10 years old when I started building model airplanes and also started reading the evening newspaper — page 2, column A: summary of daily Air Force missions in Korea. It’s been a long time, and if this comes off, can we expect resignations from MSM talking heads who refuse to report amazing good news about the Trump admin ???

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  12. fred5678 says:

    I am very curious how Kim will explain making peace with the evil USA and why N Koreans now have food, etc. “Was all that a lie the past 65 years, Chairman Kim??”

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    • Dave Radetsky says:

      He really won’t have to explain to anyone. If he can bring food and necessities to his people along with some level of prosperity (and it wouldn’t take much prosperity to be better than they have now), he would be seen as a hero. Unlike his father and grandfather, the people would truly admire and love him. His grandfather, father, and even he have received “love” from the North Korean people only because they were forced to do so. But if he can make changes that help the people they will truly love him. If he does that, he won’t have to account for his family’s past mistakes.

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    • Everywhereguy says:

      He could always say he was fighting obesity, which he knew all about from personal experience.

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  13. ristvan says:

    An opinion, not legal or factual, just personal surmise.
    First, we clearly have an A team in place on this. NoKo goes off key, Trump cancels, next thing you have flurry of activity at DMZ, in Sing, and in NYC, with a Kim Jong Un personal letter now coming to Trump morroring Trump’s to him (see point two for significance). Former head of CIA meeting former head of DPRK equivalent. Says we are playing a very strong hand, and NoKo has next to no hole cards.
    Second we have reports today that Kim rebuked his foreign ministry for their harsh words causing the Trump cancellation letter. Don’t believe that for a minute. Trump called Kim’s bluff and Kim is deflecting ‘blame’ onto his totally controlled bureaucrats to maintain his ‘coequal’ Trumpian status. He is a wanna be, Trump knows it, and knows the only way ‘wanna be’ can become a ‘be’ is to agree to Trump’s positions. And Pompeo’s statement today seems to be signalling that whatever NoKo wants in return for verifiable denuclearization is substantively possible. Plus love his nuanced expectations lowering verbiage in the presser. Smart. Make the known done-ish deal seem harder, crushing deep state worse when it gets done easier.
    Third, today there are SoKo reports of an April NoKo cadre ‘training film’ showing Kim Jong Un weeping over the state of NoKo economy. Preparing his cadre for the denuclearization/ economics tradeoff. Means Trump’s tightened sanctions have worked. And more importantly, means China is indeed acting as Trump had calculated.and Sundance has explained. Bodes well for future China interactions.
    Gonna be a run on popcorn June 12.

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  14. Fools Gold says:

    Make no mistake, if all else fails there is the Big F-cking Hammer (BFH) option. 😎

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