President Donald Trump has reportedly told his foreign policy advisers that he does not want to hold another summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un before the 2020 election is held, according to CNN.
Trump and Kim met about one year ago, but failed to come away with a joint agreement after North Korea insisted that the U.S. lift all sanctions on the country. One administration official, who was not identified, told CNN that negotiations with North Korea are “dead,” and the U.S. has ceased issuing the special circumstance permits that allowed travel to the country. One administration official said that Trump’s closest advisers don’t want to pursue a new deal with North Korea before the election, fearing another failure to reach an agreement.
According to CNN, members of Trump’s re-election campaign do not view North Korea as an important election issue. Additionally, Trump did not name the country in his State of the Union address last week despite mentioning North Korea in his last SOTU speech, and inviting a North Korean defector to his 2018 address.
Kim Kye Gwan, a leading adviser to the North Korean dictator, said last month that their country has “been deceived by the U.S.,” calling the months of negotiations, “lost time,” according to CNN.
"Pyongyang has raised the price for even resuming talks,” Duyeon Kim, an expert on North Korea and senior adviser at the International Crisis Group, told the news network.
"Negotiations, if they ever resume, will be much more difficult," she added. "They're trying to make it sound like they're not desperate for talks and that they can survive without Washington's help. Unfortunately, this is quite true -- North Korea has proven to be very resilient and they can trudge along and work towards their economic and nuclear objectives."
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