Former CIA Korea Analyst: 'Vague Statement' After Singapore Summit Does Not Mean Kim Will De-Nuclearize
A former CIA staffer and expert on Korean affairs said the "document" signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un does not necessarily state that Pyongyang will de-nuclearize as the United States wants.
Sue Mi Terry said the meeting was indeed "historically significant" as it was the first in-person meeting between a sitting president and the leader of North Korea.
Terry said the Korean language has a "formal" and "informal" lexicon, and the fact that Kim was speaking in the "formal" tongue showed he was offering respect to Trump.
Terry said that the document the two signed, however, was "vague" and "largely aspirational" with no concrete details therein.
Dana Perino asked how Kim's state-run government-sanctioned media would report the summit, as the Hermit Kingdom does not have the same press freedoms the United States and other first-world countries enjoy.
Terry said Kim's media likely would report that because the regime pursued its nuclear program up to this point and was "successful," that its success allowed Kim to meet with Trump because North Korea is a "powerful country."
She said the state media will play up the summit as "the world accepting [Kim]."
In what the United Kingdom's Telegraph newspaper described as a quicker-than-usual turnaround for the state press, Pyongyang's official newspaper plastered its front page with images of Kim strolling the streets of Singapore prior to meeting with Trump.
Kim Jong Un's late night stroll through Singapore makes the front page of the Rodong Sinmun back home - very unusual to see them report at this speed pic.twitter.com/qGcIuV7ssH
— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018
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