Six Months Since The Singapore Summit And Little Has Changed
The firebrand U.S. President and North Korean dictator shook hands in Singapore six months ago, but there is little sign of real progress towards denuclearisation according to a leading U.S. political analyst.
With another summit on the cards, Professor Robert Kelly says it’s time for Kim Jong-un to “show me the money.”
“Trump is running around on Twitter saying it’s a success," Kelly said.
Professor Kelly is an American political analyst who lives in South Korea. He shot to fame when a video of his children interrupting an interview with the BBC went viral.
He has been accused of doing that as a publicity stunt by some in South Korea, who do not like his suggestion that: “we are not getting enough. President Moon (Jae-in) is not getting enough.”
The South Korean President has been taking a soft tactical approach, meeting with Kim Jong-un three times and overseeing a joint Korean Olympic team.
But Professor Kelly said that just makes North Korea look like a normal country, and not the dictatorship it is.
“North Korea is a medieval, gangster style state, masquerading as a modern country. It’s run by this horrible clan,” he said.
“What we shouldn’t do is the symbolic stuff where the North Koreans get to pretend that they’re a normal state.”
He said Donald Trump should not meet with Kim Jong-un again, without getting something in return.
“If we are going to have another POTUS meeting, show me the money,” Kelly said.
“Very few people get to meet the head of state of the United States, the American President, that in itself is a pretty big step, that’s something no US president ever gave the North Koreans before, because it was considered normalisation.”
“To get this thing going we need a list. We need the inventory. What do they have. Where is it. Warheads. I’ve heard as low as 10. I’ve heard as high as 60.”
A key part of the strategy to achieve denuclearisation is sanctions stopping luxury goods from being imported into North Korea.
“All the gold watches, and the Xboxes and the liquor, luxury goods are how the Kims keep (the) elite bonded to them,” Kelly said.
But even slowing access to that legendary indulgence is not enough to get Chairman Kim to give up his weapons.
“I think we need to learn how to live with a nuclear North Korea. I don’t think that’s impossible. Much of the discussion is premised on the idea that we can actually get them to disarm and I think that’s highly unlikely.”
As for where we will be in another six months?
“I’m pretty positive that we are going to be where we are now,” Professor Kelly said.