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Pompeo: Sanctions on North Korea Will Remain Until Complete Denuclearization

Pompeo: Sanctions on North Korea Will Remain Until Complete Denuclearization

“We are going to get complete denuclearization; only then will there be relief from the sanctions.”

Just because North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met with President Donald Trump, shook hands, and signed a vague agreement doesn’t mean the sanctions against the evil regime will disappear right away. From Reuters:

“President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearization and relief from the sanctions,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after meeting South Korea’s president and Japan’s foreign minister in Seoul.

“We are going to get complete denuclearization; only then will there be relief from the sanctions,” he said.

The statement comes after North Korean state media KCNA reported “that Trump had discussed lifting sanctions against Pyonyang during his talks with Kim in Singapore.”

Pompeo also said that Trump reiterated to Kim and then at the press conference with the dictator that sanctions will only be revoked after complete denuclearization is accomplished. Plus, the document the two men signed did not mention sanctions at all.

But it’s nothing new for the hermit kingdom’s media to exaggerate and feed into Kim’s need to be portrayed as godlike. The Wall Street Journal provided more details on the KCNA report:

The North Korean report quoted Mr. Trump as crediting Mr. Kim’s “proactive peace-loving measures” for having created the atmosphere of peace this year—not the president’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Pyongyang—and said the two leaders accepted each other’s invitations to visit their respective countries.

The report also suggested that Mr. Trump had adopted the North’s preferred phased approach toward any denuclearization process, saying the two men had agreed to the “principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action.”

The North Korean report emphasized the equal standing of the two countries, describing the positioning of the two countries’ flags. It also said that the two men were able to enjoy “deepening friendly feelings” during a short stroll together.

People have criticized the ambiguous agreement between the two men, but come on. It’s going to take a long time to talk through different options and steps let alone agree on denuclearization. Pompeo reminded everyone of this when he said it will “be a process, not an easy one.”

Despite that, South Korean President Moon Jae-In found hope through the U.S.-North Korea summit:

However, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said the world, through the summit, had escaped the threat of war, echoing Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim.

“What’s most important was that the people of the world, including those in the United States, Japan and Koreans, have all been able to escape the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles,” Moon told Pompeo.

Moon said that his country “would be flexible when it comes to military pressure on North Korea if it is sincere about denuclearization.”


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“We are going to get complete denuclearization; only then will there be relief from the sanctions,” he said.


Well, that’s good…and we’ll see.

But there’s a LOT more to the story here. Pompeo may well speak for the U.S., but that’s all.

Duh Donald has unwittingly made it MUCH easier for other nations to ease up on the NORKs. And they will if they feel they can and/or it’s in their interests.

    txvet2 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 14, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    NK shares a common border with both Russia and China. No sanctions were going to stop them anyway, and if they ignored the sanctions, it doesn’t matter what anybody else does.

      Ragspierre in reply to txvet2. | June 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      I don’t share your views on Russia or China.

      But there’s just no doubt that all the starch has been leached out of any argument the U.S. can make to the world about the dangers of NORK nukes, what with Duh Donald’s literally fantastic triumphalist tweets. He’s declared the war is over, Kim loves his people, and he’s a remarkable human being.

      Another note; the Norks also share a border with South Korea, and a whole wide world of ports of call in nations that will now find easing pressure on the NORKs totally rational and in their interests. The leader of the free world is on record.

    txvet2 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    In any event, China has only been observing sanctions when it’s convenient for them and will continue to do so, and other nations wanting to ignore them can just as easily use Chinese ports as SK ports to trans-ship to NK. The US Navy still has the capability, if Trump so orders, to seal off the NK ports.

JohnSmith100 | June 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

Does Kim understand that the alternative to denuclearization is probably the US nuclearizing NK at a rate they never dreamed possible?

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to JohnSmith100. | June 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

    No. He knows what you apparently don’t. Nuclear weapons are only useful as a threat or a deterrent.

    If during our attack, Kim took out just NYC, Washington DC and LA, Trump would have succeeded in Making America the opposite of Great.

    Do you think you are more potent because the US has nuclear weapons?

      healthguyfsu in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Fake doomsday…please explain how any of these upstarts are going to take out even one of those three cities.

      “”Nuclear weapons are only useful as a threat or a deterrent.””

      Tell it to the Japanese. Do you really think that Iran won’t find a way to use an atomic/nuclear weapon if they manage to build one?

      JohnSmith100 in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      You seem to be operating on the assumption that NK would survive, when in fact they would be a very large glass parking lot. Nukes are a deterrent when the two sides have equal capabilities, NK does not have the capability to be an equal treat. While the Big Button which works was funny, it was also true.

      Have you ever raised children? Initially threats and fear are what you use to train and control them. In this case, Trump went ahead and took actions which seemed to indicate that he was not adverse to using US military might, including nuclear weapons against any aggressor. He apparently convince several nations, including the DPRK and the PRC, of this. So, when he told Kim that he [the US] would level his country if he continued to threaten the US and her allies with missiles and nuclear weapons, the DPRK and the PRC believed him. Now, the PRC still played its little games to secure its pirate economy and trade with the US, but eventually capitulated to US economic actions.

      As the US losing if the DPRK hit major US cities, this is both true and false. It would be a short term loss for the US. But, it would be total disaster for the DPRK and only slightly less disastrous for the PRC and any other nation which sought to threaten the US. If Japan had continued to consolidate its hold on Asian and Pacific territories, it is doubtful that the US would have entered WWII until Australia was invaded or US territory hit. Realistically, Japan should have been able to hold off the US Pacific forces after Pearl harbor, as the US threw most of its existing military might at North Africa and Europe. What they, with the exception of a few military leaders, failed to take into consideration was the reaction of the people of the US, which was to keep fighting the people who attacked them to the death. That has not changed.

      Halcyon Daze in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | June 14, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      Whose sockpuppet are you, Rags?

        Ragspierre in reply to Halcyon Daze. | June 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm

        Being a paranoid schizophrenic is no way to go through life.

        Send an email to the Prof., and ask if I’ve ever posted anything here that was not readily identified.

        THEN you can apologize very publicly, Dazed.

          Halcyon Daze in reply to Ragspierre. | June 15, 2018 at 11:19 am

          “Being a paranoid schizophrenic is no way to go through life.” The first step is to admit you need help, Rags, this is good.

          “Send an email to the Prof., and ask if I’ve ever posted anything here that was not readily identified.” I’m not spamming anyone, Rages.

          “THEN you can apologize very publicly, Dazed.” No apologies.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | June 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

          …and no integrity or guts. That’s you.

This is reassuring. Kim has committed publicly to denuclearization. It is quite possible, even likely, that he has no intention of following through. President Trump has given him nothing but flowery language in return.

In the meanwhile, sanctions will continue to bite.

And, if Kim reneges (as he’s likely to do), then when President Trump ratchets up the sanctions, he’ll be able to say that Kim is a liar, and that he spurned the chance to lift sanctions, garner foreign investment, modernize his economy, and feed his people.

At least Trump didn’t send Kim a hundy a fiddy BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS for doing absolutely nothing. It was like the Black Baby Jesus just couldn’t wait to flood Iran with green backs.

Im hopeful that Kim is serious about “opening his country up” and given the high level purges that have been going on to get rid of some of the old guard dead wood I think we have good reason to be hopeful.

Not being funny here BUT if Kim does do what he has promised, and brings peace and prosperity to not just his country but the entire Korean peninsula AND Asia around him then he to would be fully deserving of something akin to the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in bringing peace to the region. After all they gave it to some fucking organising feckless c9nt just for being the black baby jesus!

NPR has had a parade of Leftist “experts” on that are in 100% agreement that Trump screwed up and got nothing while Kim made out like a bandit. I think the only way that Trump had a chance at good press back home was if he drove a semi full of warheads across the border himself. But even then, they would call it just a political stunt.
The reality is that Kim has gotten nothing more than a photo op. He dismantled a nuclear test site in front of the world. He returned American prisoners. He replace his military leaders. He’s sending remains of American soldiers home. He’s normalizing relations with the South. To date, he and his spokespeople have only gotten a couple nice days in a fancy hotel and some NYC dinners out on the town.

Then NPR and their fellow Leftists are quick to claim that Trump is too impulsive and he’s not prepared. To that I say, just because the press is in the dark on negotiations doesn’t mean that there’s no negotiations. Think about how they were all writing diatribes about how SoS Pompeo disappeared. They had to eat crow when he shows up with American prisoners in tow. Doh!
Nobody knows better how to negotiate than Trump. Journalists making $30K with $200,000 Ivy League student loan debts are telling him how to do his job like they know better?
Lastly, it was rich when a couple weeks ago Shumer and other Dem Senators delivered a letter to Trump outlining five things that Trump must get or they won’t sign any treaty. So if Trump ends the war, opens up the border reuniting Korean families, brings food medicine and support to NK citizens, puts together a fully verifiable plan toward de-nuclearization with upfront commitments on the part of Kim – They won’t sign a treaty because the nukes aren’t in our hands yet even though Trump only loosens sanctions but keeps strict controls in place. And if he does get everything on their list, they’ll claim that it was their success not Trump’s

It’s telling to see who turns up to denigrate the first public steps in a plan to eliminate NK nukes as a threat to their neighbors and ourselves.

They do all that without knowing anything that is going on behind the scenes. According to them, the entire administration, Trump, Pompeo, Mattis, etc. are all fools.

The worst – not the Marxist party, but those that pretend to be on your side. They are not. They are agents of the other side.

What was The Won’s plan re the Korean Peninsula?

Very early in Obama’s reign there was a White House dinner with an assortment of reliably liberal historians as guests, and he regaled them with his grandiloquent plans to straighten out the world’s trouble spots, one after the other like ducks in a shooting gallery, and all this apparently to be accomplished by his mere magnificent presence … although he did admit that he thought the Middle East was going to be “really hard”. I’ve never found a recording or transcript, or even a reasonably complete account, of his boasts on that occasion—they’ve probably been memory-holed by now—but I recall reports that even his leftoid audience was left anywhere from bemused to embarrassed.

Embarrass a leftie? Now there’s an accomplishment.

    Ragspierre in reply to tom_swift. | June 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Fascinating as all that apocryphal bullshit is…and given that ANY of it is accurate…how is that relevant to the now?