Trump dis­torted his­tory on North Korea

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Obituaries/from The Front Page -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cel­e­brated his his­toric sum­mit with North Korea’s leader with re­marks that twisted his­tory and raised false hope that the re­mains of all miss­ing Amer­i­cans from the Korean War will be com­ing home.

A look at some of his state­ments at a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing his meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore with Kim Jong Un and how they com­pare with the facts:

TRUMP: “Chair­man Kim and I just signed a joint state­ment in which he reaf­firms his un­wa­ver­ing commitment to com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula. We also agreed to vig­or­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions to implement the agree­ment as soon as pos­si­ble, and he wants to do that. This isn’t the past. This isn’t an­other ad­min­is­tra­tion that never got it started and, there­fore, never got it done.”

THE FACTS: He’s wrong in sug­gest­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion is the first to start on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion with North Korea. The Bill Clin­ton and Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tions both did so.

Clin­ton reached an aid­for-dis­ar­ma­ment deal in 1994 that halted North Korea’s plu­to­nium pro­duc­tion for eight years, freez­ing what was then a very small atomic arsenal. Bush took a tougher stance to­ward North Korea, and the 1994 nu­clear deal col­lapsed be­cause of sus­pi­cions that the North was run­ning a se­cret ura­nium pro­gram. But Bush, too, ul­ti­mately pur­sued ne­go­ti­a­tions. That led to a tem­po­rary dis­abling of some nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties, but talks fell apart be­cause of dif­fer­ences over ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Dieu Nalio Chery / Associated Press

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