What now? Pompeo exits N. Korea empty-handed, leaving U.S. with three options — all of them bad

What now? Pompeo exits N. Korea empty-handed, leaving U.S. with three options — all of them bad
Trump, SecState Pompeo send off North Korean delegates after meeting on 1 Jun 2018. (Image: Screen grab of Live Satellite News video, YouTube)

[Ed. – This is precisely what Trump warned might happen at the outset. Kim Jong un is as unprincipled as he is emotionally unstable. Back to the drawing board.]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemingly failed to gain a single concession from North Korea after meetings Friday and Saturday in the communist nation’s capital of Pyongyang to discuss America’s demand that the North get rid its nuclear weapons.

In fact, it seems both sides can’t even agree on what was discussed or how the talks went, with the North now even threatening to walk away from its vague pledge to denuclearize.

Following Pompeo’s talks with high-ranking North Korean government official Kim Yong Chol, North Korea accused the Trump administration of making a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” that was “deeply regrettable.”

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In marked contrast, Pompeo called the talks “productive” and said: “These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues.” However, Pompeo did not specify what progress was made.

Tellingly, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – who rules with an iron fist and is the only one with the power to approve substantive concessions to the U.S. – did not even meet with Pompeo Friday or Saturday, although he has met with Pompeo before. That alone is evidence that Pompeo walked away from the talks largely emptyhanded.

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