Washington (AFP) – Kim Jong Un’s determination to ask Donald Trump to a historic summit is proof that the American chief’s efforts to isolate his North Korean counterpart are bearing fruit, US Vice President Mike Pence stated Friday.
“North Korea’s need to fulfill to debate denuclearization — whereas suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing — is proof that President Trump’s technique to isolate the Kim regime is working,” Pence stated in a press release.
The North Koreans “are coming to the desk regardless of the USA making zero concessions and, in shut coordination with our allies, we’ve got constantly elevated the stress on the Kim regime,” he stated.
“Our resolve is undeterred and our coverage stays the identical: all sanctions stay in place and the utmost stress marketing campaign will proceed till North Korea takes concrete, everlasting, and verifiable steps to finish their nuclear program.”
Trump’s settlement Thursday to fulfill North Korea’s reclusive chief marked a surprising growth in America’s high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea — interpreted by some analysts as a diplomatic win for Kim.
Earlier North Korean leaders have sought face-to-face talks with consecutive US presidents, who constantly rebuffed the thought.
Confronted with Pyongyang’s race to develop a nuclear weapon able to hitting the continental United States, Trump’s technique has been to ramp up sanctions, tighten the diplomatic screws and frequently threaten navy pressure.
However as final month’s Winter Olympics drove a rapprochement on the peninsula, Pence traveled to South Korea, rubbing shoulders with Kim’s sister, and showing open to a gathering with North Korean officers — though it was the North Koreans and South Koreans who really met.
US officers stated Pyongyang had scrapped secretly deliberate talks on the final minute after Pence denounced abuses from North Korea’s “murderous regime.”