Last updated on November 18th, 2018
Mike Pence, the US Vice President on Thursday, said that his country will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear and missile sites. He issued the statement following President Trump’s upcoming meet, which is scheduled for early part of the next year.
The two sides, Washington and Pyongyang have been split on a lot of diplomatic issues for weeks, however, with the statement coming from the America’s side, the soaring tensions might just settle down for a while.
US is presently focusing on devolving “verifiable plan”, said Mike Pence. According to him, a declaration of nuclear weapons sites is not mandatory to second meeting with Trump, and the sites will be disclosed as the two leaders meet. Adding, “I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons”.
Trump’s administration is readily working towards its aim to reach a common accord of interest with North Korea. According to State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauret, bi-lateral accord between two leaders is more likely to bring forward positive result, than multilateral agreement. She also said that negotiations earlier became “bogged down” over disagreements, taking very long time to get the things done.
“President Trump and Chairman Kim came up with four sets and areas of agreement that they intend to work on. We have been hard at work on those four areas of agreement,” Nauert added.
She also insisted that Chairman Kim is a man of his word and that he will surely work along with us, and as the two meet on the sidelines of the Singapore summit, all the issues will probably find their natural conclusion.
Besides, Mike Pence might have denied about disclosing the secret location of the missile bases, but his comments come only days after satellite images identifying more than a dozen undeclared bases setup in North Korea were circulated.
Trump also remarked on the matter on Tuesday, saying, his administration is aware of the sites and the images offer “nothing new and nothing happening out of the normal”. Sources also claim that the president is very happy about how things are going ahead with North Korea.