Trump shrugs off Kim's human rights record

Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?

How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit

Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13.

The United States is hoping for "major, major disarmament" by North Korea within 2 1/2 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for the end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Despite the lack of detail in the summit agreement, Trump stressed at a news conference afterward that he trusted Kim to follow through.

He toughened up global sanctions to further isolate North Korea and then agreed to meet directly with Kim after South Korea's president convinced him that the North was committed to giving up its nuclear weapons. There's a long way to go. I think the border got a little more open. "Publicly he keeps saying things he shouldn't say". "No, don't. It's not productive".

There is good reason for Pompeo to get irritated. But about 30 percent said they approved of his handling of North Korea.

"Not all of that work appeared in the final document", Pompeo said.

"I'm not going to talk to internal processes and discussions that were had", he said.

International security expert and president of Interfor International, Don Aviv, tells Inside Edition that every bit of food Kim Jong Un ate was previously examined by food tasters. -South Korea military exercises will resume if North Korea stops negotiating in good faith.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. We are, quite frankly, giving away leverage before future negotiations.

He added that it would be impossible to verify completely whether North Korea completely denuclearized.

There was some confusion over precisely what military exercises Trump had promised to halt.

Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula. What role would Congress play?

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit.

Why was CVID as a complete phrase not in the deal?

North Korea's neighbors have grown accustomed to living with a nuclear North Korea.

Why did we present the repressive, barbaric ruler as a regular, even praiseworthy leader?

Do you expect human rights to be part of the negotiation?

But much of the fear over imminent war a year ago was stoked in the first place by Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric and boasts about the size of the U.S. nuclear button. There are some North Korea specific sanctions laws; more importantly, any effort to provide assistance to North Korea would, at a minimum, require Congress to appropriate funds.

Is China loosening sanctions?

The President has significant discretion in deciding how to move forward in the relationship with North Korea.

Some of these questions need to be posed in closed session, but they still must be asked and answered. "I've never seen that side of North Korea". "He was consulted." But several senior defense officials could not confirm Mattis knew of the decision well in advance and what advice, if any, he had an opportunity to offer Trump on a key military matter.

Pompeo also said he anticipates the USA would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding that he was "very confident" that some form of engagement between the two sides would take place in the next week. A U.S. defense official told CNN on Tuesday, hours after the announcement, that they had "received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises", including the next big one in late August.

If they do not exercise together while the North maintains its outsize and stable conventional forces, they will lose combat capability relative to the North. Ironically, it is Congress who must be the adults in the room. The administration is acting like irresponsible, giddy schoolboys.

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