Moon Lauds North Korea's Nuclear Offer, Splitting With Trump
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Mar 05, 2019,
Mar 05, 2019, 0:51
At the same time in Washington, Trump's former aide Cohen was testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives´ Oversight Committee, accusing Trump of ordering his personal attorney to make threats for him about 500 times over the last 10 years.
The proposal for the talks came during a National Security Council meeting on Monday led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said it was Seoul's "outmost priority" to prevent nuclear negotiations between the USA and North Korea from derailing. "And Kim Jong Un is not going to read this-I don't care how the administration spins this-that's not how Kim Jong Un is gonna read it".
The president first met with the North Korean leader in June in Singapore.
Bolton said the leaders left on good terms and that Trump made an important point to North Korea and other countries that negotiate with him.
Despite a senior North Korean official's suggestion in a rushed, middle-of-the-night news conference called to dispute Trump's version of the summit's end that Kim may have "lost the will" for diplomacy, the North Korean leader seems to have emerged from the diplomatic wreckage as a victor. Although the former congressman said he didn't like that Cohen's testimony was scheduled to coincide with Trump's meeting with Kim, he didn't believe it had any impact on the outcome.
But Bolton said that Trump's view is that he "gave nothing away". "I consider it a success defined as the president protecting and advancing American national interest", Bolton told CBS' Margaret Brennan.
"He's not desperate for a deal, not with North Korea, not with anybody if it's contrary to American national interests", Bolton said.
North Korea rebuffed the claims, saying it had only wanted some measures eased, and that its proposal to close "all the nuclear production facilities" at Yongbyon was its best and final offer.
Do you think we should take note of the fact that it's actually John Bolton that's speaking of this "deal".
Bolton said that Trump's "got a hard line to walk to" in negotiating with North Korea.
Bolton also called North Korea's concession involving the shutdown of the Yeongbyeon nuclear complex "very limited" in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
Warmbier, an American student, was arrested in 2016 on a trip to North Korea for pulling down a pro-Kim-regime poster.
"This is, I think, the result of a president who is not prepared for these kinds of negotiations, a staff that is not well-prepared and is essentially flying by the seat of its trousers".
The U.S. and North Korea have offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both have pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.
Otto Warmbier arriving at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2015.
Trump has repeatedly complained about the cost of the exercises and, since 2017's Singapore summit, the U.S. and Seoul have scaled back or scrapped several joint exercises.
Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of the combined US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula.