Questions Still Remain After Summit with North Korea


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Brandon Barr, Reporter

A month after the historic summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore, the North Korean dictator has been in question about whether or not he will denuclearize. President Trump tweeted saying, “I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed… We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea and found that progress had been made since the June 12th Summit. Pompeo said that Pyongyang did not have a problem with the idea of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.

Despite good feelings from both President Trump and Mike Pompeo, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the conditions of the agreement between Trump and Kim Jong Un which did not have a time table for when North Korea would have to remove its nukes. Following the summit, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said, “The United States has gangster-like demands for denuclearization.” There has not been an official announcement if North Korea will in fact remove its nukes following the summit. President Trump believes that North Korea will denuclearize but China might be hindering progress, and from the North Korean side, they believe that American demands are too harsh.

All in all, President Trump has very good feelings that North Korea will remove the nuclear devices soon. Since he returned from the summit, the president tweeted saying, “America’s biggest and most dangerous problem all but resolved” and that there was “No longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.” However, North Korea has still not officially removed any of its nukes, and this is an ongoing situation.