Moon adviser says ‘all-or-nothing’ United States approach toward N. Korea won’t work

Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2019

The two leaders did not reach a deal so NoKor could change its mind and resume its nuclear projects once anew.

Rather, the US stance appeared to have hardened, with the top envoy clearly stating that the North relinquishing its chemical and biological weapons programs in addition to its nuclear weapons were part and parcel of its demands.

This follows a failed bilateral summit with the U.S. over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

A national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the United States should seek the gradual denuclearisation of North Korea because an "all-or-nothing" strategy will not help break the impasse in talks.

"As the president said, he'd be pretty disappointed if Kim Jong Un went ahead and did something like that", Bolton said. 'Kim Jong Un offered Yongbyon as the only measure, ' Moon said. "The early Communists sincerely believed that they were producing a democracy the world had never seen".

In an interview with ABC, US NSA Bolton said that he will be talking with his South Korean counterpart Monday morning. "And, in exchange for that, there was a very bright economic future for the North Korean people", Bolton said.

Moon referred to problems both leaders were facing at home which may have overshadowed the summit.

Even as Washington increasingly turns its attention toward next year's presidential election, the administration exhumed a goal that has always been buried and seen as unrealistic by experts: the total denuclearization of North Korea by the end of Trump's term in 2021.

"The United States government. expends a lot of resources and effort so we don't have to rely on commercial satellite imagery", he said. 'We could lose momentum, ' the advisor fretted.

For more, Dr. Go Myong-hyun, a research fellow from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins us in the studio today.

Moreover, the clock is ticking on the Trump presidency. It's the first time that North Korean media outlets have talked about complete denuclearization since the no deal summit.

In the near term, Moon downplayed the likelihood of additional USA sanctions. When Raddatz asked about Trump's comment that he would be surprised if Kim Jong-un did anything that was not consistent with their understanding, Bolton acknowledged that he would not react the same way. I don't really think it broke down.

For Jenny Town of the 38 North think tank, the lack of even a partial accord has meant "we have lost that momentum" created by last year's rapprochement. 'North Korea's survival strategy is hedging, ' he said.

Officials at two polling stations visited said they were not sure of the exact number this year, or when the results would be announced.

Despite his belief that dialog will survive, Moon admitted being discouraged by the current state of play. At the last election in March 2014, he was unanimously elected as a member of the country's legislature.

"Based on past practices, these activities could be consistent with preparations for the delivery of a rocket to the launch pad or engine to the test stand; or they could be North Korean coercive bargain tactics", it said.