Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Tel Aviv, Israel (4E) – The agreement signed June 12 between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was a humiliating defeat for Trump and achieved nothing for the United States since North Korea hasn’t destroyed any of its weapons sites, said Israeli intelligence in an analysis of this meet-and-greet event.
The so-called “summit” also left many open questions about how the two countries will pursue denuclearization, according to the classified Israeli government report. The Israelis also said Trump backed-off from many of the demands he had said he would make to Kim.
“Regardless of the smiles in the summit many in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions,” said the Israeli report. “Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump’s statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road to real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow.”
The report also criticized Trump’s unilateral decision to halt joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea without consulting the Pentagon of the Department of Defense. The Israeli evaluation is similar to that of many North Korea experts, who affirm the agreement between Trump and Kim had very few concrete plans of action. Experts also noted that the two regimes have very different ideas about what denuclearization means.
Experts also seriously doubt Trump’s claim that North Korea will destroy one of its main missile engine testing facilities.
“Chairman Kim has told me that North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site,” said Trump immediately after the Singapore summit on June 12. Trump, however, didn’t specify which site Kim had pledged to dismantle. An analysis by 38 North, a website devoted to analysis about North Korea, revealed there’s still no evidence North Korea is destroying anything.
“38 North has conducted a survey of the North Korea’s rocket and missile launch and engine test facilities using recent high-resolution satellite imagery and has not yet identified any activity associated with the dismantlement of facilities at Sohae or any other test sites in North Korea.”
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