Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged that his country will make sure that President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a success.
Trump and Kim are slated to meet on June 12 in Singapore to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and Putin says that all major regional players, including Russia, should offer North Korea guarantees in order to have a fruitful meeting.
“We will be waiting for the outcome of the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and will contribute to the success of this meeting in every possible way,” Putin told Chinese reporters Wednesday in the lead-up to a security meeting in China next week. Putin also said that the international community should help North Korea with its economic development and guarantee Kim’s safety in exchange for the abandonment of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
“There are numerous prospects for joint work both in the three-and four-party format; it is just necessary to move in this direction,” Putin said.
The comments echo those already made by Trump and members of his administration. Speaking last month in the oval office, Trump said that North Korea can be “very rich” under Kim if the isolated country agrees to give up its nuclear weapons. A week later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Trump should provide Kim with “comfort and security” in order for the meeting to be successful.
The North Korean leader believes that his regime’s survival depends on having nuclear weapons to deter an attack from the United States. World leaders appear to believe that Kim could be more open to getting rid of his country’s nuclear weapons program if he has any guarantee that he will not be deposed and his country will not be attacked.
Meanwhile, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton was sidelined from discussions with North Korea’s envoy after he suggested that the U.S. could follow the “Libya model” with the hermit kingdom, a comment interpreted by the rogue regime as a suggestion that Kim could eventually be overthrown.
In the run-up to the meeting, however, regional analysts have suggested that Kim and Trump do not see eye to eye on what denuclearization means. The diplomatic process toward nuclear disarmament and peace on the Korean peninsula, which North and South Korea have both expressed support for, will likely take some time.