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That upcoming Trump-Kim meeting: What happened



Many people are curious about the background of the proposed summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. How did it actually come about? Were there contacts between the two leaders? Has a tentative agreement already been set, or are the two men really going to sit down and have an open-ended negotiation?

My blog can now shed some light on the situation, based on interviews with confidential contacts who asked that their names not be revealed because they were not authorized to speak with the media. My sources include Americans, North Koreans, South Koreans and Chinese. They all have access to top-secret information. Here are the facts.

Last Aug. 8, when Donald Trump made his famous speech warning North Korea of “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he was actually communicating with Kim, using pre-arranged code words. Rather than threatening North Korea with nuclear devastation, as all analysts thought, Trump was telling Kim two things: “fire” meant that Trump had accepted Kim’s insistence that North Korea must maintain its nuclear capability no matter what—a capability that would be guaranteed by the U.S.– while “fury” meant that he, Trump, would have to continue to threaten and insult “Rocket Man” for domestic political purposes.

In other words, Trump entirely acceded to Kim’s demands, which had been presented to him earlier through an intermediary. She has been identified as Bee Ah-San,

a North Korean national who owns a Korean restaurant in Washington, D.C. and is said to be close with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong. According to sources, Kim Yo-jong and Bee Ah-San met late last summer in Abu Dhabi. Both women were sent by their respective masters, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and were able to communicate in confidence. A source within the South Korean government told me that Bee Ah-San has had numerous meetings with Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, including at least three dinners at Bee Ah-San’s restaurant.

Bee Ah-San told Kim Yo-jong that Trump badly wanted a deal of some kind regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, so that Trump could boast of it in America, call himself the greatest peacemaking president in history, win a Nobel Peace Prize, and distract public attention from his mounting legal problems and sex scandals. Bee Ah-San added that Trump was prepared to allow North Korea to continue its missile and hydrogen bomb programs unmolested, provided that Kim Jong-un would agree to a deal. That deal, Trump added, did not have to be real. All he required, Trump said, was the appearance of a deal—an image Trump’s base would see and remember despite subsequent developments.

Viewed against these facts, we can see this upcoming summit meeting—if it ever happens—as nothing but a political ploy that benefits both leaders. North Korea will keep its nuclear weapons and missiles, even as Trump brags that he de-nuclearized North Korea. The media will point out the untruth of Trump’s claim. He will then attack the media, once again, as horrible liars, and his base will believe him. Sites such as Breitbart and InfoWars and rightwing newspapers like the Wall Street Journal will run articles stating that Trump scared the shit out of Kim Jong-un and forced him to destroy his nukes, even as North Korea happily continues to build up its stocks of bombs.



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