[ Editor’s Note: Mr. Pompeo has started out with a weasel move in trying to establish an alternate historical narrative to take full credit for any North Korea solution, with his harping on the instant demands for North Korea’s denuclearization, showing Trump he will repeat to the public what Trump has already told us over and over, “You meet our demands first, then we will begin talks on what you get”.
What is going on here is a reframing of the breakthrough on the talks, which was clearly Kim Jong-un’s coming out of the blue to freeze research and testing on his nuclear program and missiles. The main part of the story there, which puts him in the running ahead of Trump, is that he did not “demand” anything from Trump or South Korea prior to his big surprise.
It was clearly a statesmanship level of operation that we have yet to see from our own president. Pompeo was groveling to Trump’s “art of the deal” theme, with his obviously prepared choice of wording that he was going to bring US “swagger” back to the State Department. It was a brain-dead terminology that no professional diplomat would have used, due to its “supremacist” overtone.
Did corporate media pick up on the poor ploy in Pompeo’s swearing in yesterday? I did not see it, if they did. I thank Press TV for the opportunity to have some input on an event like this by getting the lead news story. It’s a pleasant contrast to the media blackout we have in the US.
We were going to do some live coverage of the event, but neither Pompeo nor Trump had any new geopolitical things to say, so rolling coverage was canceled, and then we filled in with a Top Five lead story. After years of working with Press TV, we are able to do things like this quickly, literally in a matter of minutes sometime … Jim W. Dean ]
– First aired … May 02, 2018 –
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo says North Korea must immediately dismantle its weapons program.