If Donald Trump is a master at The Art Of The Deal, he better put his master’s shoes on for this one.
From Will Racke’s article at dailycaller.com:
North Korea will reconsider the anticipated summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un if Washington continues to insist that Pyongyang give up its nuclear weapons, a top regime official said Tuesday night.
Trump and Kim are set to meet June 12 in Singapore, an unprecedented face-to-face meeting between the top representatives of longtime adversaries. The Trump administration has insisted that Kim agree to the permanent, irreversible dismantling of his nuclear stockpile in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions on North Korea.
But Pyongyang has no intention of trading economic relief for nuclear disarmament, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs, Kim Kye Gwan, said late Tuesday.
Is this just bluster? Is this just part of the gamesmanship – a face-saving show of bravado on kim jung-un’s part?
Since I have zero trust in kim jung-un, and understand that he can say the exact opposite tomorrow, so who knows?
If kim follows though on this threat, what does it do to any possibility of reconnecting with South Korea?
And, most importantly, what will the Chinese -which, as North Korea’s single most important trade partner have the most leverage to pull his strings – tell him to do?
The waiting game starts. I doubt it will take very long to get our answer.