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A new report from Israeli intelligence has found the United States “retreated from its position” on several initiatives Donald Trump hoped to accomplish during his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
While Trump engaged in weeks of self-promoting followed by a round of self-congratulatory interviews and press conferences, the report suggests the deal amounted to little more than a showboat effort.
The classified report, obtained by Axios, suggests the Israeli Foreign Ministry office believes the Trump-Kim Summit was a failure.
Trump was optimistic following his meeting and claimed a victory for the United States and his administration but the Israeli intelligence report says, “the U.S. retreated from its positions on several issues relating to North Korea’s nuclear program.”
The report suggests the deal signed by Trump and Kim Jong Un failed to guarantee North Korea would commit to “full, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization,” Axios reveals.
The President’s deal calls for “complete” denuclearization but makes no mention of how or when North Korea will accomplish that goal. Legal experts have claimed it could take decades to realize Trump’s goal.
Intelligence officers also take into question Trump’s suggested desire to end all joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, a move it calls a “retreat” by the U.S. and an acceptance of China and Russia’s longstanding positions to end the military exercises.
ShareBlue’s Caroline Orr also notes that the Israeli Foreign Ministry also dismisses the unrealistic timeline Trump offered for the country to comply and even called into question whether “real and substantive change” will “ever happen” at all.
“Regardless of the smiles in the summit, many in Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is sincere in its intentions,” Axios reveals from the report.
“Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump’s statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road the real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow,” it concludes.
Sweeping exaggerations about policy efficacy has become a sticking point of the Trump administration and based on this report, that hasn’t changed, even on the international stage.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.