Trump reverses course, says he and U.S. intelligence ‘in agreement’

Saturday, 02 Feb, 2019

Anchor: Washington is getting ready for the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slated to be held at the end of February.

Other ASEAN venues have also been mentioned of possibilities to be the summit venue though Singapore was the venue for the first Trump-Kim meeting in June past year.

The Times reported Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he did "not believe Iran is now undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device" in his Tuesday testimony. During the president and Kim's first meeting in Singapore, Kim promised to denuclearize. "We're not going to invade North Korea".

He also said that "a tremendous amount of good things" were happening in the US-led fight against ISIS.

"I can't tell you that this is a guarantee, because we're going into close to 19 years in being in Afghanistan and for the first time, they're talking about settling, talking about making an agreement", Trump said.

Biegun said the United States had eased the rules on the provision of humanitarian aid for the North, adding that he would discuss other "corresponding measures" when he meets Kim Hyok-chol in the South Korean capital. The DNI also said Kim and other North Korean leaders "ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival".

The assessment was presented during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday by the National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and the Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel.

A United States negotiator on Thursday called on North Korea to provide a detailed account of its weapons to seal a peace deal, saying U.S. president Donald Trump was ready to offer a future that includes diplomatic relations and economic aid. "They said, 'Sir, our testimony was totally mischaracterized.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' And when you read their testimony and you read their statements, it was mischaracterized by the media".

The date and location for the summit will be announced "early next week", Trump said Thursday.

And he asserted that cutting the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would help bring America's longest war to an end. "They're doing tests and we don't want to be a position where we're behind".

Kim signed a vaguely worded agreement committing the North to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula when he met Trump last June.

He emphasized that China and Russian Federation "are more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s" and, pointing at activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization, did not believe North Korea would ever give up its entire nuclear arsenal. North Korea has not since dismantled its nuclear weapon cache, though it has halted nuclear testing for the past year. The US President had invited the representatives of the secret service on Thursday to the Oval Office, a Meeting, the President on Twitter summed up in the following way: "Incorrect portrayals are bad for our country".

If diplomacy doesn't work, the US has unspecified "contingencies", he added.