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N Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector

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I advise Kim to keep a few - remember you are dealing with treaty breaking snakes,

ask any native American or former friend of USA who got backstabbed.

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Pyongyang has said it does not need nuclear weapons if the security of its regime is guaranteed.

Except now, it can never be guaranteed.

Unless it enters in a protection pact with China, but I'm extrapolating.

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There has to be a Chinese security guarantee for NK for them to be able to give up the one ace in the hole they have. Trusting America is NOT an option.

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Let's not forget that the US and North Korea already had a previous deal in the 90's - and North Korea violated it, even admitted to it, thus ending the deal

It wouldn't be the first time if they'd violate a deal

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The opinion by the defector is obvious.

Technology mastered remains with those who have mastered it. All the knowledge attained, skills tested and mastered, necessary materials available, used and produced products perfected by testing and experimentation, remains with them.

For all we know the faciliteis destroyed are no longer needed and no longer useful at their current level and stage of development.

For all we know their current facilities are too contaminated and dangerous for them to use anyway.

For all we know they already have a stockpile.

However, they have the proven "capability" and the "ability" which is more powerful than the weapons themselves.

All those that do possess such arms know that they cannot use them anyway, without facing total destruction. But it is that "possession" of the "ability" to produce such arms that got the world to respect NK and it is that "ability" which was and still needed to assure NK's safety and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

And, that "ability" no one can take that away. The best others could do is try to control the "capability". So it is not a matter of abandoning... they cannot.

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Saw this defector and Stormy Daniels discussing this very topic on CNN (or was it MSNBC?) last night. . . .

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Saw this defector and Stormy Daniels discussing this very topic on CNN (or was it MSNBC?) last night. . . .

I just hope it appeared on Fox and Friends and the National Enquirer to keep Trump informed.

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Not that it's entirely relevant but perhaps Mr Yong-ho is shooting hoops. The embassy he worked in does have one in its front garden... and tbh, I'm fairly sure the US will never give up its nuclear weapons, either.

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A basketball hoop in the garden, just to clarify, not a nuclear weapon!

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Many want a slice of the media pie and this guy fled the North Korean Embassy in London, more of a suburban house, but left his family behind who would have received severe punishment for his defection.

"Thae was able to escape with his wife and children, but his brother and sister were left behind in North Korea. Thae stated after his defection that "I'm sure that my relatives and my brothers and sisters are either sent to remote, closed areas or to prison camps, and that really breaks my heart."

I think currently the situation is looking more positive than at the beginning of the year, but still miles to go.

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I do not have an ounce of doubt that what Thae says is true. DPRK tacks against the wind, which leaves a zigzag path.

The test site cannot be used anymore anyway so why not use it for a big demonstration of something, like when they destroyed that cooling tower last time around, but even better? (Sometime back in April it was reported that they are building a different one further west. )

What the US is asking for is not going to happen. Even so, there will be surely some kind of in-between compromise, which has to be good for all in the region. DPRK are in the nuclear club, even if they are not yet welcome in the dining room.

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Kim should ask Iran if the US can be trusted to stick to a deal.

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That was an obama deal, not a trump one. There is quite a difference and I’m sure Kim can figure that out.

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"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement," Thae said. "It is North Korea's diplomatic tactic to push the situation to extreme confrontation and suddenly send peace gestures."

'nuff said.

Until there is a single, united, Korea, there will never be peace.

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Hardly a surprise, why would NK give up nuclear weapons. Only a blind Trump reporter would think that they would. Remember what happened to Kaddafi.

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North Korea Will Dismantle Nuke Site (Significant Even if the Site is Useless)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YaIEon6v8c

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Remember what happened to Kaddafi.

Kaddafi did not have Japan as a neighbor so different.

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Hardly a surprise, why would NK give up nuclear weapons. Only a blind Trump reporter would think that they would.

So first, the left is all 'Trump's going to start a war with NK! We wan't peace!'

Now you're all 'Only an idiot like Trump would believe we can make peace with NK!'

But I suppose it's whatever stance is the opposite of Trump's, right? How about you think for yourselves instead of letting your hatred of an individual cloud your common sense?

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Most sensible assessment of the upcoming "discussions" to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula I've seen so far.

I expect Trump will consider removing the immediate threat to the United States as a victory and claim "Peace with North Korea" as his legacy. That the real work of actually implementing CVID including North Korea's attempts to circumvent any agreement will fall on the shoulders of the next several administrations is not his problem.

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The Chinese Government must be given assurance to N. Korea by under its nuclear umbrella state. I believe N. Korea has been already under Chinese nuclear umbrella state. The US Government must give assurance to the N. Korean regime by non-aggression pact and guarantee economic assistance to the N. Korea once the N. Korean regime has completed denuclearize program by full access inspection to all its nuclear weapon storage sites by the IAEA and the US delegation.

International Governments must let Kim Jong-un to rule N. Korea without meddling, its internal affair and the Human Rights issue in his country. If the country's economy and living standard is improved and then the N. Korean peoples will be happy with their Government. Every country has a different standard of human rights. We shouldn't impose N. Korea with Western Human Right standard. If you Look at Middle East Countries, the majority of Muslims does not accept the Western Human Rights' standard and Democracy. Most important thing is the N. Korean regime to get rid of its nuclear weapons and program completely.

I believe true Socialism is better than Capitalism for peoples if the Government was good Government. I don't talk about liberal leftist activism and they are lazy peoples. The liberal leftist activists will oppose everything Government was doing and it's their profession, and no interest in taking up the job. They think they know everything better than everyone.

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The Time Lords would approve of Trump's decision.

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theFuMay 14  09:54 pm JST

"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement," Thae said. "It is North Korea's diplomatic tactic to push the situation to extreme confrontation and suddenly send peace gestures."

'nuff said.

Until there is a single, united, Korea, there will never be peace.

A single, united Korea under whose government? As far as North Korea is concerned, there will never be peace until Korea is unified under DPRK regime. Do you honestly believe, given DPRK's brutal regime and human rights violations, that South Korea would accept unification under DPRK?

While the leftists/liberals here seems to be more concerned with Kim and his regime's survival, what guarantee does South Korea have that North Korea won't attack them again and overthrow their government after the U.S. withdraws its military forces from the peninsula and demilitarize the DMZ? Even if North Korea denuclearize, it still has a very powerful conventional military force and with China's backing, is more powerful today than it was in 1950.

Kim will never fully give up its nuclear weapons and missiles, and will never give up its goal of unified Korea under DPRK.

It's interesting that the usual liberal/leftists here are quick to dismiss and belittle North Korea's top defector Thae Yong-ho's realistic assessment of North Korea's current tactics.

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