Just a few hours after the United States President, Donald Trump turned his back on the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, arrived in Pyongyang. His message to the high-ranking officials there: If you give up your nuclear weapons, we will ease our sanctions and not attack you.
However, it will come as no surprise to the Kim regime that the US has broken from the Iran agreement. Its distrust of Washington is already very deep.
The exit from the nuclear deal also puts strain on South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who in recent months has pulled out all the stops to revive the fragile peace process on the Korean Peninsula. The president’s office in Seoul has drawn a veil of silence over its frustration with Trump’s unilateral actions.
US experts are also critical of the president’s decision. Antony Blinken, for example, who served as a deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, questioned on Twitter whether Kim would believe US negotiators when Trump “arbitrarily tears up an agreement.”