Trump sees chance of breakthrough in meeting with Kim: Bolton

Leroy Wright
May 15, 2018

The Y-12 facility is where equipment and documents from Libya's nuclear program were stored after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi made the decision to abandon a nuclear weapons push in 2003.

The demand for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization is "wildly different" from getting rid of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to Van Jackson, a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington who is writing a book on North Korea.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said at an interview on May 13 (local time) that the USA government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed.

In a statement, the White House said the Trump-Guterres meeting "will reaffirm the commitment of the United States to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations". They also agreed to stop all hostile acts over "land, sea and air" that can cause military tensions and clashes, establish a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, and to resume temporary reunions between war-separated families.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday", "Our eyes are wide open with respect to the risks, but it is our fervent hope that Chairman Kim wants to make a strategic change".

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North Korea's nuclear weapons should be dismantled and sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if Kim wants to see a relaxation of sanctions, John Bolton said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Speaking on Monday at a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. the former Obama official rebuked the commonly heard criticism in recent days that Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran deal would undermine US credibility in the eyes of North Korean regime and make it harder to reach a peace deal.

Pompeo added that the U.S. "will have to provide security assurances" to Kim as well.

But Beijing is keen to avoid being sidelined in the wake of Kim's historic summit last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and ahead of his Trump summit. "If it ends up harming allies - especially Japan - but it saves the U.S. homeland, it is going to be a win for Trump". Abe will also press Trump to bring up the abduction issue during his meeting with Kim.

"Barring a catastrophic error by Kim, what he has created with his first summits makes it impossible to return to the maximum pressure policy", Joseph DeThomas, a former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, wrote last week for 38 North.

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