Ahead of New Summit, Trump Says ‘No Rush’ for North Korea Denuclearization

Says he will not put a timetable on the negotiations, but is optimistic

Just a week ahead of the second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, President Trump is rejecting any sense of urgency, saying that he is “in no rush” and sees “no pressing time schedule” for finalizing denuclearization.

Trump and Kim agreed on denuclearization in general during last year’s summit, and Trump is optimistic about this next round of talks, to be held in Hanoi. He says “very positive things are going to happen.”

Progress has been slow going, and North Korea has expressed particular frustration that the US has further increased sanctions and other restrictions on them after starting to dismantle the program. Trump insists all sanctions will remain in place even after these talks.

So while Trump is expecting a positive outcome, and the two leaders appear to get along quite well, North Korea’s expectation to get something about of the deal, and Trump’s determination not to give them anything, is a big obstacle to get over.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.