Christopher Hill, Joseph DeTrani urge Kim Jong-un to 'show some denuclearization,' clarify demands
Added 02-10-19 09:35:02am EST - “The two former top U.S. negotiators in talks that melted down with North Korea the last time around ?" back in 2009 ?" have some sobering advice for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his second summit with President Trump:…” - Washingtontimes.com
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SEOUL — The two former top U.S. negotiators in talks that melted down with North Korea the last time around — back in 2009 — have some sobering advice for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his second summit with President Trump: Don’t blow this special chance, stop foot-dragging and get specific about the denuclearization steps you’re actually going to take and, be ready to clarify what you really want in exchange for abandoning your nukes.
That’s the message former Ambassadors Christopher R. Hill and Joseph DeTrani offered up in successive speeches at a conference this weekend in the South Korean capital, where the high-stakes around the Trump-Kim summit slated for Vietnam in less than three weeks took center stage.
“It is very unusual for any country to have two summits with the American president,” said Mr. Hill, who was the lead U.S. diplomat in multiparty talks with Pyongyang during the George W. Bush administration and later under former President Barack Obama. “As they come to Vietnam, it’s time to get down to work,” said Mr. Hill. “I would suggest that North Korea start talking about the list of what their nuclear programs are. …[and] what order they would like to see these nuclear programs taken away.”
Mr. DeTrani, a former CIA official who served as the State Department’s special envoy for North Korea talks prior to their collapse nearly a decade ago, offered a similar take, suggesting a lack of specific movement on denuclearization during the months since Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim met last June in Singapore has been frustrating.
“There’s going to have to be some heavy lifting. There’s going to have to be some details put on the table, because I don’t think anyone is going to be patient and say let’s wait another six months and wait for another heads of state meeting,” he said. “There needs to be some movement and the movement has to be on the core issue, which is complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of all nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons facilities, which include plutonium and highly enriched uranium.”
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