President Trump today said North Korea can’t possibly cheat on the Singapore summit agreement Chairman Kim Jong-un signed with him because you have to agree to something before you can not do it.
“It’s ironclad,” Trump told reporters in his first press briefing since returning from the summit earlier this week. “Even without inspectors or other types of verification, we know Kim can’t not do the things he never agreed to do.”
The pact calls for the United States to call off planned joint military exercises with South Korea in return for North Korea doing nothing.
Unlike previous agreements between the two countries, this agreement guarantees adherence by North Korea because there are no demands on its side. “It’s unbelievable how enforceable the agreement is,” Trump said. “The agreements Obama and Bush made with the country are riddled with holes, because North Korea promised things and completely went back on them. That can’t happen here, because you can’t go back on promises you don’t make.”
Trump said negotiations between him and Kim were tense at times, but what’s important is he came away with an agreement that can’t be broken. “No one has negotiated such an ironclad agreement as this one,” Trump said. “Its incredible how impossible it is for North Korea to break its promise to do nothing. I can tell you, if the Iran agreement was this strong, I never would have pulled out of that. It required Iran to keep promises or face consequences. That’s how losers and amateurs make agreements. I make agreements that can’t be broken.”
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