18.05.22 Noko Whats the Drama

May 22, 2018

What’s The Drama?

South Korean President heads to the White House to meet with President Trump as North Korea threatens to cancel June summit… and Libya is at center of debate?

Flip: Whats Going On?


The White House wants North Korea to agree to “denuclearization.”

  • Definition: “Total. Full. Complete” removal of all nuclear weapons in North Korea (Sec. of State Mike Pompeo).
  • National Security Advisor John Bolton mentioned a “Libya-model” denuclearization – this sparked trouble in NoKo.

Quick Catch-Up: Libya

  • Libya negotiated “denuclearization” in 2003 in return for $anctions relief.
  • Libyan regime collapsed during Arab Spring (2011); unrelated to nuke deal but U.S. had an active role (w/NATO) forcing regime out.
  • NoKo: Libya’s fate show why NoKo NEEDS nukes – for security, leverage and to keep America from meddling in its affairs.

Debate: Denuclearization

  • NoKo views Bolton’s comments as “an awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya…”
  • Could “denuclearization” for North Korea mean no nukes on ENTIRE KOREAN PENINSULA? The U.S. doesn’t have nukes in South Korea but a key military base. Could that change?A Is that a non-starter for the summit?

SmartHER Tip: Watch what’s going on with China (NoKo trade partner). The U.S. said it’s putting “the trade war on China (tariffs) on hold” after positive talks. We don’t know all the details, but we’re watching the timing…

Bolton said North Korea had used negotiations in the past to camouflage its weapons development and he was skeptical about its intentions. He said U.S. ally South Korea, which restarted talks with North Korea this year, should be cautious before agreeing to anything with Pyongyang.

We should insist that if this meeting is going to take place, it will be similar to discussions we had with Libya 13 or 14 years ago: how to pack up their nuclear weapons program and take it to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he said.

Pompeo says N. Korea to receive sanctions relief in exchange for “total” denuclearization: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-on-face-the-nation-may-13-2018/

GREAT CONTEXT:A North Korea cites “tragedy” of countries that give up nuclear programs:A https://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north/north-korea-cites-tragedy-of-countries-that-give-up-nuclear-programs-idUSBRE91K06720130221

by Jenna Lee,