Experts skeptical of Trump’s claim China is holding up N. Korea progress

Policy Analyst James McKeon spoke with Circa about the current state of negotiations with North Korea.

“The North Koreans are really hung up on that…,” said James McKeon, a policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation. “From their perspective, that needs to be done first before we can actually move to a denuclearization process.

McKeon cited reporting by Vox this week that President Trump verbally indicated to Kim in Singapore that he was willing to sign a declaration ending the war soon. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Wednesday she is unaware of any verbal agreement, but the official position of the administration is still that steps toward denuclearization must be taken before the president will consider such a statement.

“President Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea has really been ad hoc,” McKeon said. Read more