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President Trump to demand DPRK leader “get rid of” nuclear arsenal

Yomiuri and Sankei reported on press remarks made on Tuesday by President Trump, who was asked by a journalist what he means by “complete denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula. The President reportedly said: “It means North Korea gets rid of their nukes, very simple…. It would be very easy for me to make a simple deal and claim victory. I don’t want to do that. I want them to get rid of their nukes.” Yomiuri conjectured that the President perhaps made these remarks in response to the rising concern that when meeting with Kim Jong Un he may be tempted to cut a deal and agree to ease sanctions without obtaining assurances that the North Korean leader will surrender his nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In a related story, Mainichi highlighted President Trump’s decision to nominate PACOM Commander Harris as the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea. Noting that the admiral, who had originally been tapped as U.S. envoy to Australia, has been closely involved in the U.S. military’s responses to DPRK nuclear and missile provocations, the article speculated that the last-minute change in portfolio signified Washington’s determination not to make concessions in demanding the denuclearization of North Korea.

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