NYT: 'Kim Says He'll Give Up Weapons If U.S. Promises Not to Invade'

Chris Menahan
Apr. 29, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is willing to give up his nukes if he can be assured he won't get the Gaddafi treatment.

From The New York Times:
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, told President Moon Jae-in of South Korea when they met that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States would agree to formally end the Korean War and promise that it would not invade his country, a South Korean government spokesman said Sunday.

In a faith-building gesture ahead of a summit meeting with President Trump, Mr. Kim also said he would invite experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States to watch the shutdown next month of his country's only known underground nuclear test site.

The comments by Mr. Kim were made on Friday when the leaders of the two Koreas met at Panmunjom, a village on their shared border, the spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, said on Sunday, providing additional details of the meeting.

"I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific or at the United States," Mr. Kim told Mr. Moon, according to Mr. Yoon's account of the meeting.

It was another dramatically conciliatory statement by Mr. Kim, whose country threatened to do exactly those things during the height of nuclear tensions last year.

[...]Even in the additional details released on Sunday by South Korean officials, Mr. Kim appeared to hedge his bet, indicating that denuclearizing his country could be a long process that required multiple rounds of negotiations and steps to build trust. But he laid out a vague idea of what his impoverished country would demand in return for giving up its nuclear weapons.

"If we meet often and build trust with the United States and if an end to the war and nonaggression are promised, why would we live in difficulty with nuclear weapons?" Mr. Kim was quoted as saying by South Korean officials.

Mr. Moon has already informed Mr. Trump about the contents of the meeting, briefing him during a call on Saturday. According to Mr. Moon's office, he told the American president that Mr. Kim said he and Mr. Trump could "get along well," to which Mr. Trump responded that he "looked forward" to their meeting.
He doesn't want to get the Gaddafi treatment. It's not an unreasonable request.

Regardless, Trump's hard pressure tactics are actually working and he deserves all the credit in the world for bringing this about.

Hopefully they open up their country to foreign investment as odds are it will see explosive growth like we haven't seen in decades.

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