Talk about he said/he said. The whole North Korean denuclearization project is turning into a huge exercise in “who do you believe,” the American Secretary of State or unnamed “officials” quoted by mainstream media “news” outlets everywhere.
NPR, National Public Radio which leans left and is not always know for balanced reporters, would have us all believe that the North Koreans are insulted thanks to the words of a source not identified.
Following Pompeo’s remarks before departing Pyongyang, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the talks with Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused the U.S. of making unilateral demands for denuclearization, The Associated Press reports.
“We expected that the U.S. side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-U.S. summit and [we] considered providing something that would correspond to them,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman said, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
“The U.S. just came out with such unilateral and robber-like denuclearization demands as [complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization], declaration and verification that go against the spirit of the North-U.S. summit meeting.”
So, the Associated Press is in on this too, huh.
What is it that Secretary of State Pompeo said that was so objectionable?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo finished two days of talks with senior North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, telling reporters that the two countries agreed to continue discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War….
But Pompeo had said that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol were “productive” and that he had made progress “on almost all of the central issues.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo did not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as he has done on two previous visits to North Korea this year.
Pompeo said Defense Department officials will meet with North Korean officials on July 12 at the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the repatriation of remains, which North Korea committed to last month. He also said that working-level talks will begin soon on the destruction of a missile-engine testing facility….
“We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it’s the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to, which is the complete denuclearization of North Korea,” Pompeo said.
Note that in the article his words are paraphrased and not verbatim quotes. Does that match what he really said?
Well, look at that. CNN uses the same nomenclature as NPR and the AP. Almost like they were copying each other.
Time will tell if this denuclearization plan is going to work. There are many on both sides who have their doubts. However, they forget that the person making this happen, President Donald Trump, considers impossible to be the beginning.