A human rights activist says President Trump and his team won't be fooled by any deception from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un related to future nuclear disarmament of the Korean Peninsula.
President Donald Trump made history Tuesday in Singapore, meeting face to face with Kim Jong Un, a dictator who rules with an iron fist over a country that arguably has the most horrific human rights record on the planet – and consistently ranks #1 in the world when it comes to persecution of Christians. The two leaders signed a statement of understanding that states, among other things, North Korea "commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
At issue for many world leaders is the as-yet-undefined method of verifying that denuclearization of the North. Suzanne Scholte, chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, says Kim cannot be trusted.
"I just feel that the regime is using the same playbook as Kim Jong Un's father. They're just going to try to manipulate our good intentions," she tells OneNewsNow.
"Now on our side ... when you have a team like [National Security Advisor] John Bolton and [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo, we have two people who know this regime. We [also] have a president that has a team that will not be fooled – and he has also shown how much he cares about the people of North Korea."
Reached for comment about the summit, former U.S. Navy commander Kirk Lippold says the fact that the two leaders even met, and then signed documents about denuclearizing North Korea, is admirable.
"But I think we're going to be very cautiously optimistic," he says, "and see what the future does bring."
In Scholte's opinion, there's only one acceptable outcome. "My hope is that we're going to see the end of this regime because ... the only way you're going to have peace on the Korean Peninsula is when the Kim regime is gone," she states.
Trump had been criticized in recent months by his detractors for a lack of diplomacy and tact in dealing with the North Korean leader. But the president credits "tough rhetoric" for getting Kim to the negotiating table.
Editor's Note: Comments by Kirk Lippold have been added to this story.