Kim Jong Un Closes A Nuclear Testing Facility But Is That Enough?
Kim Jong Un, as well as his father, have driven North Korea into ruins. Their subjects plagued by starvation and poverty while their leaders have commanded a ‘show of wealth’ to foreign visitors.
A type of fakery that has most questioning the legitimacy of Un’s sincerity in closing his most recent nuclear testing facility. We have to admit that we are also skeptical.
According to Reuters, U.S. administration officials are preparing for an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but basic details, including where and when it will happen and negotiating tactics, are still being worked out.
The summit would be the first-ever meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader and will follow one between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim on Friday. Trump has said his meeting with Kim could take place in late May or June but has warned it could be called off if he did not think it could deliver the desired results.
Kim responded to President Trump’s demands by closing one of his nuclear testing sites Saturday, ahead of the summit. However, a recent poll shows that most Americans don’t trust the Dictator.
Michael Malice, Author of ‘Dear Reader’ the unauthorized biography of Kim Jong Il, weighs in on the debate. Take a look.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.
The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a precursor to a historic summit between Kim and President Trump. The U.S. president is set to meet Kim at the end of May or beginning of June, although a location has not yet been set.
“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site,” Trump tweeted shortly after the announcement from Pyongyang. “This is very good news for North Korea and the World — big progress! Look forward to our Summit.”
But Kim’s statement on Saturday made no mention of North Korea giving up its program. It simply signaled a freeze, apparently because the leader is satisfied with the rapid progress the country made last year, developing what it said was a “super large heavy warhead” and a missile capable of carrying it to the U.S. mainland.
North Korea has “verified the completion of nuclear weapons,” Kim reportedly said during a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, convened Friday to discuss policy issues related to “a new stage” in a “historic” period.
As such, it “will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles” effective immediately, he said.
“We no longer need any nuclear test or test launches of intermediate and intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and because of this the northern nuclear test site has finished its mission,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.
There has been considerable skepticism among North Korea experts that Kim, having poured so much money and effort into the program, not to mention his personal prestige, would give it up so readily.
While we highly doubt the President is ‘taking Kim at his word’, given the dictator’s past, should President Trump demand a specific location for the summit? Perhaps somewhere on United States soil? Let us know what you think in the comments below.