President Trump, North Korea, Kim Jong discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
Meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader last summer in Singapore. And with great fanfare, but little substance over how to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, this time both sides are likely to feel pressured to agree on specific measures. What concrete steps North Korea will take to give up the weapons and what the United States will offer in return. Let's get further analysis now from the summit. That's where we find guy Taylor national security editor at the Washington Times. He's with us today from Hanoi, Vietnam guy. Both men have something to prove, you know, they call it the the prisoner's dilemma. Got this intertwined intertwined me where President Trump, obviously, he's got the Michael Cohen scenario going on right now in Washington, but he's got reelection end of his term at twenty twenty need them major foreign policy victory. So she's up against it needs to deliver here at the same time Kim Jong known he's coming up on the five year anniversary of major economic program and North Korea that his basically a very small healed. It's almost no results economically for North Korea. He needed to show that that he's doing something that will be to an opening up North Korea and Gloser of economy that starts with getting sanctions lifted. So both of these guys have domestic political impetus to keep this thing going at the very least use the word victory there. How would victory? Be defined by each side. I think that the North Koreans will see it as a victory in terms of summit. If they can get the Trump administration to use the word sanction, whether that word is the joint whatever killing statement come out of this later this week or President Trump tweets it or indicates that the possibility of a reduction in sanctions is on the immediate horizon. From the American side, I think it's the word inspectors if Kim Jong. Says that in a post-summit press conference indicates that he'll allow international nuclear inspectors that would be considered a victory for the American side. It does that word or something about that. Make it into a joint statement, Mike sources are telling me that the North Koreans trying right now. Behind the scenes negotiations going on right now here in Vietnam. They're trying really hard to make sure that joint statement is as big as possible to exactly what they did in in Singapore as well. We're speaking with guy Taylor national security editor at the Washington Times. He's in Hanoi, Vietnam. Watching the Trump Kim summit, you mentioned the possibility to of liaison offices, possibly in DC and Pyongyang. Yeah. I, you know, I think that the do mine sources that are that are close to the negotiations say that this we as on office issue is the author of the Americans to open some kind of a diplomatic facility. Is pretty close to the center of the table. Question is whether or not the North Koreans are really going to embrace that. Remember, the North Koreans have an office in the United States. They have it at the United Nations. So what are they gonna get out of that? They're not going to open an embassy in Washington. It's unclear whether they even have the interest to do that right now. And the other thing is that this diplomatically as on office has been brought up as a a nugget in past negotiations. We Americans have offered in the past thinking North Koreans wanted only to have an ice creams come at them and say, well, we never even wanted that to begin with. So it's a little bit unclear whether that's going to be a product of this summit later that comes out of it. But I think it's a possibility a topping that we might might see here later this week is an announcement that there's a move forward. Closer diplomatic relations between the United States North Korea. Which as you know, have been frozen are extremely cold for for more than a decade now and then finish up with the possibility of US troops in South Korea being reduced any chance of that. As part of all this, Gordon, there's always a chance. We have a somewhat unorthodox and unpredictable and a lot of people say this is why use effective the president of the United States know that Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to blame American Trump's home from places where they've been stationed for many years, but I don't think that Donald Trump has said explicitly that he wants to keep troops home from the Korean peninsula. There about thirty thousand US troops in South Korea. They've been there for more than. Century. And remember they have a purpose. There that reaches beyond just the north crisis. They're the largest American ground with military footprint of increasingly militarized China. And all of President Trump's has indicated that the troops issues not on the table at this juncture guy guy Taylor national security editor at the Washington Times with us today from Hanoi, Vietnam..