Trump Asked Kim Jong-un To Transfer Nuclear Arsenal

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Published on March 30, 2019 - Duration: 00:53s

Trump Asked Kim Jong-un To Transfer Nuclear Arsenal

Reuters says the blunt demand could help explain why denuclearization talks between the two leaders fell apart last month.

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Trump Asked Kim Jong-un To Transfer Nuclear Arsenal

President Donald Trump reportedly demanded that North Korea transfer all of its nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the U.S. during the failed summit in Hanoi, Vietnam last month.  That’s according to a document obtained by Reuters  which reports  that it was the first time President Trump detailed exactly what he meant by denuclearization.

The demands would have required North Korea to stop the construction and operation of its nuclear facilities, get rid of all nuclear infrastructure and transition nuclear scientists and technicians to different commercial roles.  Analysts say the demands were reminiscent of the White House’s "Libya model." Back in 2004, Libya transferred its nuclear weapons to the U.S. Seven years later, the U.S. worked with NATO in a military operation against the Libyan government.

North Korean officials have repeatedly rejected any plans that they feel would lead to the same fate.

After the summit, one North Korean official accused U.S. leaders of making “gangster-like” demands.  Additional reporting from Reuters.

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