Opinion Trump should give Kim 30 days to produce a denuclearization plan -- Or intensify sanctions

17:52  12 june  2018
17:52  12 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

North Korea to get relief only after 'verifiable and irreversible step to denuclearization': Mattis

  North Korea to get relief only after 'verifiable and irreversible step to denuclearization': Mattis U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday North Korea will receive relief only after it takes clear and irreversible steps to end its nuclear program, adding it would be a bumpy road to a summit between U.S. and North Korean leaders.The comments sought to address concern the United States may be rushing to strike a breakthrough in the unprecedented summit between the two leaders after U.S. President Donald Trump put the meeting back on track for June 12 in Singapore.

Mr Trump ’s offer of keeping on hold new sanctions is a good gesture. And given the long-term goal Mr Trump has given top priority to the full denuclearisation of North Korea. Trump - Kim summit: North Korean advance delegation arrive in Singapore; security preparations in Singapore intensify .

Given that the declaration consists of three articles, its structure makes it clear that the two leaders see Korea’s denuclearization as part of a peace regime. It remains to be seen – “time will tell,” as Trump said – whether a planned Kim - Trump summit in June now scheduled to take place in Singapore will

Donald Trump wearing a suit and red flag© Provided by Fox News

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

All the words, photos, handshakes and the joint statement that came out of the summit of the century in Singapore Tuesday between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un don’t matter when it comes to the North giving up its nuclear weapons. Only actions count.

And if history tells us anything, this is when things with the Kim dynasty always fall apart – because Kim Jong Un, his father and grandfather who ruled before him have never kept their word about any agreement with the United States. Every single promise Kim Jong Un and his father have made on nuclear disarmament has turned out to be a lie.

North Korea Gets Relief Only When It Gives Up Nukes, Mattis Says

  North Korea Gets Relief Only When It Gives Up Nukes, Mattis Says North Korea will get relief from international sanctions only when it has shown irreversible moves toward denuclearization, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said ahead of a summit next week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Speaking Sunday in Singapore at the start of a meeting with the defense ministers of South Korea and Japan, Mattis warned that “we can anticipate at best a bumpy road to the negotiations."“As defense ministers we must maintain a strong, collaborative defensive stance so we enable our diplomats to negotiate from a calm position of strength in this critical time,” Mattis said.

Instead of producing a concrete deal, the June 12 summit will set the stage for “a lengthy, step-by-step process for negotiating and implementing pledges by both sides to work towards North Korea’s denuclearization that results in Kim giving up some, but certainly not all, of his April 30 , 2018 0.

Secretary of State says tomorrow will bring "clearest indication to date whether Kim Jong Un" shares U.S. vision for denuclearization . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed reporters Monday morning in Singapore to give an update on preparations for President Donald Trump 's historic summit with

Thankfully, there is no need to repeat the mistakes of the past. Unless Kim Jong Un takes actual, concrete and verifiable steps to give up his atomic arms – such as offering a plan of action with specific steps the North will take and specific deadlines – the Trump administration must begin ramping up pressure on Pyongyang and intensify sanctions immediately.

In fact, there is a relatively easy way for America to hold North Korea to the pledges it made Tuesday in the joint statement signed by Kim and President Trump, which looks like past joint statements and aspirational promises. President Trump should give North Korea 30 days – and not any more time – to cut a deal on its abandonment of its nuclear arms.

The idea is quite simple. We must make absolutely sure that North Korea does not attempt to implement its old diplomatic playbook by stalling for time and negotiating for months or years over the details of its nuclear program surrender – only for Washington to never see any real progress.

Trump's goal of total 'denuclearization' of North Korea is a long shot

  Trump's goal of total 'denuclearization' of North Korea is a long shot Most people don't think North Korea will ever totally give up nuclear weapons, so Donald Trump may go for a limited agreement.Few observers of a decades-long standoff between the United States and North Korea believe that Kim Jong Un will ever completely give up nuclear weapons, and that is probably Trump's biggest challenge when he meets with Kim next week in Singapore.

While we should take North Korea’s denuclearization ambitions seriously, we should not forget history while we’re at it. Kim has given little sign of any willingness to dismantle his nuclear program, which experts believe In response, Trump called off the planned summit in an official signed letter.

By giving a specific time - 9am - for the planned June 12 summit between Mr Trump and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Mr Trump 's offer of keeping on hold new sanctions is a good gesture. Mr Trump has given top priority to the full denuclearisation of North Korea.

We must break this cycle of lie upon lie once and for all, while testing Kim’s intentions to see if he is truly serious about nuclear disarmament.

We should also make quite clear what happens in 30 days if North Korea does not lay out a plan on paper to get rid of every single one of its nuclear weapons and for us to verify the disarmament. If Kim turns out to be lying yet again, President Trump will have no choice but to ramp up sanctions dramatically, or what some are calling Maximum Pressure 2.0.

In such a scenario, America and our allies would press for what would amount to the end of any North Korea commerce or financial transactions that the regime could use to build any sort of offensive weapon. This would essentially be a complete and total end of all North Korea exports or economic activity outside of its borders.

This severe action would exert a heavy price on the Kim regime for its lies to the international community and for lulling America into a summit in bad faith.

North Korea summit: So what would a nuclear deal look like?

  North Korea summit: So what would a nuclear deal look like? Patience will be a virtue, it seems, in reaching a denuclearization deal with North Korea. While the outline of such a deal is still hazy, the path is becoming more clear: a drawn-out process of give-and-take. As the two countries labor to reduce the wide gap between them over what denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula even means, one thing seems certain about a potential deal: Forget the Libya model, in which Muammar Qaddafi gave up his weapons-of-mass-destruction program, lock, stock, and barrel, before receiving any benefits in return.

Trump responded by threatening military action and intensifying sanctions . “Chairman Kim said the denuclearization issue may be discussed as an agenda for the North-U.S. dialogue,” Chung told reporters, according to Yonhap. President Celebrates 500 Days in Office, Points to Long List of

Kim ’s speech provided Mr. Trump with a blunt statement of North Korea’s nuclear and missile goals, just as the In North Korea’s view, denuclearization is no longer a topic for discussion with the United States, especially Sanctions on North Korea should be intensified to the level once applied on Iran.

Washington should also press for a full oil embargo of North Korea, to ensure its military is not able to fuel its tanks, trucks or heavy equipment.

We should also work with our allies to dramatically build up our missile defenses in East Asia, as Pyongyang is sure to react with anger over increased diplomatic and economic isolation.

If we do not take these steps, and once again continue to negotiate with North Korea for months and years over its nuclear program, we are simply repeating the mistakes of the past. We must once and for all break the cycle where Pyongyang uses negotiations as a mere tool to stall for time and build more and more nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

If the Trump administration fails to do this, we are condemned to live in a world where North Korea has a growing nuclear arsenal that can strike the U.S. – potentially killing millions of Americans – and could sell its nuclear secrets to the highest bidder.

This nightmare scenario is something President Trump cannot and must not accept.

Trump: N. Korea blowing up test sites, 'total denuclearization ...has already started' .
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites.Speaking at a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House, Trump said: "They’ve stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles. They’re destroying their engine site. They’re blowing it up. They’ve already blown up one of their big test sites, in fact it’s actually four of their big test sites.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!