Opinion: President Trump will have all the leverage in a meeting with Kim Jong Un
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump is planning to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. When, and if, the meeting occurs, Donald Trump will be the first sitting American president to meet with any North Korean leader.
So, what is the best realistic outcome for the United States from such a meeting?
The most important goal is for North Korea to give up it’s nuclear program. Experts do not believe that North Korea can, right now, produce a nuclear bomb that can be attached to a working missile. However, North Korea could be months from that capability.
So why would Kim Jong Un give up now? The answer is oil, food, iron ore and all other products from which North Korea has been mostly cut off. Led by President Trump and the United States, the world community has largely isolated North Korea.
That even includes China. China had been North Korea’s only true ally and by far it's largest trading partner.
For example, in the last several months, china has almost completely stopped sending any oil to North Korea. China had been North Korea’s largest supplier of oil.
This overall policy of maximum pressure is what got Kim Jon-Un to the negotiating table. You cannot feed your people or keep them warm on promises of a working nuclear bomb - some day, over the rainbow.
Here is the bottom line: President Trump will have all the leverage in any meeting with North Korea. In order to survive, Kim Jong Un needs to lift the burden on his country, which is getting heavier and heavier from maximum pressure. That pressure has to continue up to and through the big meeting.