Opinion: A second summit with Kim Jong-un should come to fruition soon
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived home this week from a trip to East Asia that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, and North Korea.
Pompeo’s meetings there were focused on negotiating long-lasting peace and cooperation in the region. Most importantly, Secretary Pompeo sat down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Pompeo and Kim agreed to schedule a second summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. They also made vital strides toward North Korean denuclearization.
North Korea has now agreed to allow inspectors into the facilities and underground tunnels that they have used to test their nuclear weapons.
North Korea collapsed these tunnels in May, however until now, they have been resistant to allow anyone near the site to determine the extent of the demolition.
Critics of the administration will be quick to note that North Korea has reneged on many promises before and to claim that there has not been tangible evidence that North Korea is acting in good faith. However, one cannot argue with the fact that there have been no nuclear or ballistic tests by North Korea since late last year.
And, as President Trump told me in a recent interview, the United States is focused on getting a comprehensive, substantive deal worked out with North Korea, and not a hasty one.
Here’s the Bottom Line: let’s hope that this second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un comes to fruition as soon as possible, and that the two leaders are able to make even further progress towards making our world a safer place.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations