Trump immediately propagated North Korea's promise to suspend its nuclear and missile testing as a sign of "progress," but on Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the US was "not naive" in the process Governments do not make mistakes. "
"We will not take the North Koreans at our word, and the maximum pressure campaign will continue until there are concrete steps to denuclearize," she said. We are not naive in this process. We have seen some steps in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. "
Kim said on Friday that North Korea's search for nuclear weapons was" locked "and" no longer needed "to test its weapons capability ̵
The announcement appeared a notable change in Kim's policy of relentless pursuit of atomic and ballistic weapons as a means of surviving his regime.
"North Korea has agreed to suspend all nuclear testing and close a large proving ground," Trump tweeted very good news for North Korea and the world – a big step forward! Look forward to our summit.
However, Trump's tone shifted on Sunday when he responded to criticism that Pyongyang benefited more from the talks than Washington and stated that the US had "not given up" in negotiations with North Korea
"Wow, we have they have given up denuclearization (so great for the world), closing the site, and no further testing! "Tweeted Trump.
The President followed with a second tweet that said," We're far from The conclusion of North Korea away, maybe things will work and maybe they will not – only time will tell. "
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" I believe it There are many reasons for optimism Negotiations will be fruitful and w we'll see, "he said.
But whi When the US and South Korea welcomed the gesture that they said was a sign of progress and a promising start to the upcoming talks, the White House made clear that the government will negotiate with North Korea on its own terms.
"The goal is to denuclearize the peninsula and we will continue the North Korea campaign until we see concrete measures for complete and complete denuclearization," Sanders said. 19659002] Asked whether the US would continue the gradual lifting of sanctions as a reward for further progress, Sanders reiterated that "no sanctions" will be lifted until we see concrete action by North Korea on denuclearization. "
Remarkably Absent The White House's move to outline the terms of the potential summit between Trump and Kim was any direct reference to the three Americans currently imprisoned by North Korea.
A US official said last week that Trump's foreign minister Mike Pompeo raised the issue of imprisoned Americans when he secretly met Kim in Pyongyang to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Trump himself said that the government is "fighting very hard" to get US citizens back and that there is "very good dialogue" – but whether these talks are directly linked to negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program, remains unclear.
Who has the upper hand?
North Korea continues to make concessions to talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the planned meeting between Kim and Trump, which is expected to take place in late May or early June.
Last month, Kim told a South Korean delegation that he "understood" the need for joint US-South Korean military exercises. Earlier this week, he dropped his demand for US troops to leave the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for denuclearization.
A North Korean source told CNN that Kim had finally decided to do so to open a new chapter for his nation. Kim has embarked on the path of denuclearization and will focus exclusively on economic growth and improving the economy, the source said.
The North Korean leader has recognized that the best way to normalize relations with other countries is the source added. He is finally recognized by the international community, and this is a historic, timely opportunity, the source said.
But while Kim's promise to suspend nuclear and missile testing before a potential meeting with Trump is viewed as positive almost everywhere, several analysts have warned against putting too much in the gesture.
"The announcement increases the likelihood that the summit will take place with the United States, which North Korea greatly appreciates," said Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association.
"But Kim Jong Un also believes that he is negotiating from a position of strength and trying to portray North Korea as a legitimate and responsible nuclear force and gain recognition as such," he said.
"North Korea's attitude to test nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missiles and close the nuclear test facility is significant and encouraging," Explains Reif Kim's announcement Denuclearization is not mentioned and "many risks remain, including the fact that Trump's expectations, tightened by national security adviser John Bolton, are unrealistic."
"A successful summit would consist of actions by both sides to consolidate these commitments – which are reversible – and initiate a sustainable process to achieve further, verifiable restrictions on North Korea's nuclear capabilities and reduce conflict risks." He told CNN.
Adam Mount, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN that there are a number of businesses that could serve American interests, but "none of them have Kim Jong Un's hand about his nuclear arsenal as an IOU. "
" Kim Jong's speech was a statement about his nation's nuclear weapons policy, and in some ways it was the opposite of a promise to demon- strate nuclear weapons, "he said. "Pyongyang is essentially trying to gain time, they are looking for ways to divert attention from nuclear disarmament or prevent negotiations."
"There is no realistic chance that North Korea will be nuclear-free by Christmas," Mount added. "The first step in the negotiations must be to expand Kim's voluntary borders into a hard cap for his promotion so that the negotiators have time to work towards a comprehensive agreement."