Trump “in no rush” to push for N. Korea denuclearization

Feb 25, 2019, 5:00 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump said he is happy as long as Pyongyang refrains from weapons testing.
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Ahead of the eagerly awaited U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam later this week, President Donald Trump said he is “in no rush” to press for Pyongyang’s denuclearization as long as the Asian state refrains from weapons testing.

Trump struck an optimistic tone ahead of his second summit with N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un, adding that Pyongyang could emerge as a “great economic power” if it shuns nuclear weapons, notes the BBC.

Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore last year and vowed to work towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but the vague agreement has produced no tangible results.

U.S. Democratic senators and security officials remain skeptic of Pyongyang’s commitment to give up nuclear weapons and have warned Trump against striking any deal that fails to address this core issue, reports Reuters. The U.S. has apparently softened its stance as it is prepared to lift sanctions on N. Korea if there is meaningful progress on denuclearization.