Reality Check Needed on North Korea’s Intentions

Last week, President Trump agreed to hold an unprecedented meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  He did so on the basis of commitments putatively made by Kim to South Korean interlocutors, including pledges to discuss the denuclearization of his country and meantime to stop testing his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea expert Lawrence Peck reports, however, that Kim’s state-controlled media have thus far made no mention of his meeting the U.S. president, let alone any undertaking to denuclearize. To the contrary, these information warfare operations keep trumpeting the importance of the North’s nuclear “deterrent” and hostility towards this country.

There’s even satellite photography suggesting that Kim Jong Un has been ramping up production at his plutonium-based nuclear fuel plant.

So, did the South Korean delegation misunderstand, or simply misrepresent, Kim’s intentions?

Repeat after me: Hold the champagne.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.