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NO DEAL ON NUKES

Talks are cut short as President Trump & Kim Jong Un fail to reach a deal on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

“Sometimes you have to walk.” – President Trump

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WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Sanctions.

  • President Trump: “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that.”
  • In exchange, N. Korea offered to close the country’s main nuclear facility – Yongbyon.
  • But the U.S. argued that wasn’t enough; N. Korea would still have missiles, warheads & weapon systems.
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Something To Consider:

“No deal is a surprise, especially as they were both all smiley last evening. But no-deal today doesn’t mean there won’t be one in coming months. It means stakes were way too high for the two leaders to give another wishy-washy statement like they did in Singapore.”

Lim Soo-ho, senior research fellow at South Korea's National Security Strategy
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HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Both Republican & Democrat administrations have tried to convince N. Korea to end its nuclear & missile development.

Prior to Trump Administration’s efforts, the Clinton & George W. Bush Administrations launched diplomatic campaigns. Each time, talks broke down due to verification of denuclearization.

 

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SO WHAT NOW?

  • President Trump, in a news conference before departing, said all sanctions “remain in place.”
  • Currently, there are no plans for a third summit with North Korea, saying another meeting “may not be for a long time.”
  • However, President Trump said he & Kim still have a “good relationship.”
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President Trump, describing the progress on Vietnam talks, says Kim Jong Un did have a better understanding of the U.S. expectations for denuclearization, saying that's "not exactly our vision, but it's a lot closer than it was a year ago."

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