On-Once more, Off-Once more: The Turbulent Partnership of Trump and Kim Jong-un
Updated on June 1, 2018
They&rsquore back on.
President Trump on Friday announced that the summit meeting with North Korea&rsquos leader, Kim Jong-un, would be held following all on June 12 in Singapore.
The hugely anticipated rendezvous was canceled last week, when Mr. Trump sent an emotional letter to Mr. Kim lamenting the missed opportunities.
[Study the text of complete letter.]
But Mr. Trump, who at instances sounded like a jilted partner, also held out the possibility for future talks. &ldquoIf you modify your thoughts obtaining to do with this most essential summit,&rdquo he wrote, &ldquoplease do not hesitate to call me or write.&rdquo
Which Mr. Kim did. On Friday, a higher ranking North Korean emissary delivered a private note to Mr. Trump for the duration of a meeting in the Oval Workplace. That meeting led the announcement of the makeup.
Here are the developments in a rocky partnership that got us to this point:
Aug. 8, 2017
First impressions: &lsquoThey will be met with fire and fury&rsquo
&ldquoNorth Korea ideal not make any a lot more threats to the United States,&rdquo Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. &ldquoThey will be met with fire and fury like the globe has in no way observed.&rdquo
Sept. 19, 2017
Name calling: &lsquoRocket Man&rsquo
&ldquoThe United States has fantastic strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.&rdquo &mdash Mr. Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly
March 6, 2018
Early courting: A &lsquowillingness to denuclearize&rsquo
&ldquoThe North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize.&rdquo
&ldquoIt created it clear that it would have no cause to hold nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security assured.&rdquo &mdash A statement from South Korean envoys who met with Mr. Kim.
March eight, 2018
Setting a date: &lsquoMeeting becoming planned!&rsquo
7:11 p.m. E.S.T.
South Korea&rsquos national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, created a statement from the White Home driveway, a highly uncommon move, announcing major developments in U.S.-North Korean relations.
&ldquoI told President Trump that in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any additional nuclear or missile tests,&rdquo Mr. Chung stated.
Mr. Chung added, &ldquoHe expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as quickly as feasible. President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by Could to attain permanent denuclearization.&rdquo
9:08 p.m. E.S.T.
Mr. Trump, on his favorite platform hours later, confirmed the news.
May possibly ten, 2018
The large gesture: Three American prisoners freed from North Korea return residence
&ldquoWe want to thank Kim Jong-un, who truly was superb to these 3 outstanding people,&rdquo the president stated of the Americans who had been kept prisoner in North Korea.
&ldquoWe&rsquore beginning off on a new footing,&rdquo Mr. Trump added of their release. &ldquoThat was a big thing, very important to me and I actually believe we have a extremely great likelihood of doing some thing very meaningful.&rdquo
April 29, 2018
Bringing up the previous: Bolton mentions the &lsquoLibya model&rsquo
Margaret Brennan, CBS News: But is it a requirement that Kim Jong-un agree to give away these weapons prior to you give any sort of concession?
John R. Bolton, national security adviser: I think that&rsquos proper. I think we&rsquore looking at the Libya model of 2003-2004.
&mdash Throughout an interview on the CBS News plan &ldquoFace the Nation&rdquo
This was an awkward, if not foreboding, message to North Korea. In the &ldquoLibya model,&rdquo the North African nation&rsquos leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, ceded his nascent nuclear system in exchange for economic integration with the West. Years later, the United States began military action in Libya to avert Colonel Qaddafi from massacring his personal individuals. He eventually went on the run and met a violent end when he was pulled from a ditch and brutally killed.
Following that, the narrative in North Korea became clear: Had he not surrendered his nuclear plan, North Korean officials said, he might nevertheless be alive.
Might 15, 2018
Power struggle: North Korea says &lsquoWe will no longer be interested&rsquo
&ldquoIt is completely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial state of nuclear development,&rdquo Vice Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement.
He added, &ldquoIf the United States is attempting to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and can’t but reconsider our proceeding to the North Korea-U.S. summit.&rdquo
May 21, 2018
Pence doubles down: &lsquoIt would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to consider he could play Donald Trump&rsquo
Vice President Mike Pence: We presented concessions to the North Korean regime in exchange for promises to end their nuclear weapons programs only to see them break those promises and abandon them. It would be a wonderful error for Kim Jong-un to believe he could play Donald Trump.
Martha MacCallum, Fox News host: So, clearly the president is nevertheless prepared to walk away.
Pence: Nicely, there&rsquos no query, but appear it&rsquos &mdash we hope for much better. We actually hope that Kim Jong-un will seize the chance to dismantle his nuclear weapons program and do so by peaceable implies. You know, there had been some talk about the Libya model last week. And you know, as the president made clear, you know, this will only end like the Libya Model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn&rsquot make a deal.
Might 23, 2018
Ultimatum: &lsquoReconsidering the D.P.R.K.-U.S. summit&rsquo
&ldquoAs a particular person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,&rdquo mentioned North Korea&rsquos vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui. &ldquoIn case the U.S. offends against our great will and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the D.P.R.K.-U.S. summit.&rdquo
May 24, 2018
Let&rsquos call the complete factor off: Trump writes a letter
&ldquoPlease let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the great of each parties, but to the detriment of the globe, will not take spot. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so huge and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be utilized.&rdquo
But Mr. Trump left the door open with an optimistic eye to the future, saying, &ldquoIf you change your thoughts obtaining to do with this most critical summit, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or write.&rdquo
June 1, 2018
On-once again: &lsquoJune 12th, we&rsquoll be in Singapore. It will be a starting.&rsquo
Following an Oval Workplace meeting with a high-ranking North Korean envoy who delivered a individual letter from Mr. Kim to Mr. Trump, the president said, &ldquoThe meeting went very effectively. We&rsquoll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore. It went very properly. It&rsquos genuinely a get to know you type of a circumstance. Mike [Pompeo] has spent two days performing this. We&rsquove gotten to know their folks extremely effectively.&rdquo
Adding, &ldquoThis was a meeting exactly where a letter was offered to me by Kim Jong-un, and that letter was a really good letter. Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter? How considerably? How a lot?&rdquo
Published at Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:30:19 +0000