Chris Murphy on N. Korea: We’re Seeing the Consequences of Trump’s Gamble
MURPHY: “I think that’s important to note, that the North Koreans know exactly what they’re doing. They know that we are going to see this and try to interpret what it means as a message. It certainly underscores the risks of leaving the summit without a deal. President Trump took a big gamble, instead of trying to get a smaller, preliminary agreement, a series confidence building measures between the United States and North Korea, he tried to go for the big comprehensive agreement, even though there had been really no work done ahead of time to get that done. And without anything happening, the North Koreans I think feel like the peace process may not be worth it to continue to invest in and they’re rebuilding this site. Now, there always remains the possibility, and maybe the odds are greater than even, that North Korea was never going to sign an agreement, that their intent has always been to become a true nuclear weapons power. And so this has always been a bit out of the control of the United States. But we’re seeing the consequences of Trump’s gamble and his lack of success in getting any movement in Hanoi."