President Trump achieved a major diplomatic breakthrough Tuesday in his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, dramatically improving America's national security. Most fundamentally, Kim agreed at the summit in Singapore to give up his nation's nuclear capabilities, the acquisition of which has been its foremost priority for decades.
Bill Richardson, politician, author, and diplomat who served as the 30th Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011 joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the North Korea Summit. He was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration and has also served as a U.S. Congressman & chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Richardson has successfully negotiated with North Korea for the release of prisoners and the return of US soldier remains.
On his take on North Korea summit: Well, my take on what happened was that on the positive side it was good for diplomacy. It reduced tensions on peninsula. The two leaders got connected together and generally I think there's no more talk about military options and bloody noses. Also, on positive side the remains of soldiers was discussed and hopefully that will be something where the two countries come together. On downside not enough discussion about human rights none at all. Lastly, you know typical North Korea they never tell you what they're going to do. On the whole a slight plus, but I think Kim Jong Un got the better. (00:18)
On dealing with North Korea in the past: They don't at all believe in timelines. They never say yes. They never say no. They string you along. But they're enormously well prepared. They're relentless. Honor is very important to them. I think this whole summit for Kim Jung Un was a big win because all hes ever wanted was a summit with the president of the United States. (1:56)
On if Kim will be different than his father and grandfather: It could be different. I think the son may be different. He has a broader vision. Now is it gonna change his underlings the way they negotiate? I don't think so. I think there has to be a lot of follow up a lot of work ahead. Right away momentum wise I think we have to move fast. (4:14)
On the lack of detail: Kim Jong Un is not going to negotiate the details himself. He's gonna supervise everything. Lack of detail, yes. Lack of dates, sure. Lack of timelines, yes. Whose the lead negotiator? Who knows. (6:20)