Jack Keane on Kim Jong Un: ‘We Don’t Know How Serious This Guy Is’

‘I think we should take some comfort in the fact that the administration is going into this clearly understanding who they are dealing with’

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SMITH: "Are you, too, skeptical of North Korea saying it's suspending its nuclear testing?"
KEANE: "Well anybody that has any knowledge of the Kim dynasty has to be skeptical. And I know for a fact the White House certainly is that. We’re dealing with a liar and cheater and a regime that has always used negotiations to gain favor to their program. But all of that -- I’ll tell you, Sandra, this seems to have a different feel for me. Here is why. Kim Jong-un is going out of his way to kind of in a breathtaking diplomatic blitz here that’s been going on for weeks getting himself invited to the South Korea Olympics as a result if that, and inviting President moon from South Korea to a summit. After that inviting President Trump to a summit. Going to China. Announcing in China he is committed to denuclearizing and takes off the table the fact that U.S. troops don’t have to leave South Korea as a condition for negotiations and now this freeze. The truth is, those are all positive signs to be sure. But we don’t know how serious this guy is because he has never been truthful with us. That’s the problem we have. We’re about to find out. And I think we should take some comfort in the fact that the administration is going into this clearly understanding who they are dealing with and the president has gone out of his way to say look, I’ve got one outcome here, denuclearize North Korea. And if it isn’t moving in that direction then I'm not going to participate any longer."

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