The U.S. has built nuclear weapons, stored them, moved them, tested them, taken them out of service and dismantled them, simply erased a onetime nuclear trigger weapons plant in Colorado and more.
So let’s not hear any talk about the nation not having the expertise to deal with North Korea’s weapons programs.
That’s from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who at a news briefing just before the summit began between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, talked about a report from the New York Times,
It “suggested” the U.S. didn’t have access to the technical know-how.
“Before discussing the summit I want to address a report in the New York Times that suggested that the U.S. team lacked the technical expertise on dismantling North Korea’s weapons program as part of these talks,” he said.
“I want to address that report directly.”
“For over three months, an interagency working group of over 100 experts across government met multiple times per week to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling North Korea’s weapons programs,” he said. “They include experts from the military charged with dismantling nuclear weapons, the Department of Energy, including Ph.Ds. and experts from labs, and officials from the intelligence community covering North Korea.”
He said, “Those same experts also cover North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programs.”
He added, “These experts include dozens of Ph.Ds who have expertise in nuclear weapons, the fuel cycle, missiles, chemical and biological weapons. They have advanced degrees in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, aerospace engineering and other relevant fields.”
Those questions will become an issue should the talks between the leader of the free world, and the reclusive dictator of North Korea advance, because the U.S. has positioned itself to insist on a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in order for benefits from the U.S. to kick in.
That denuclearization would include the removal and disassembly of weapons, programs, construction points, storage facilities and more.
One Times report documented the various steps that would have to be addressed if that would happen, including taking apart “every nuclear weapon in the North’s arsenal and ship the parts out of the country.”
A Times report said, “Whether it happens quickly or slowly, the task of ‘complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization’ — the phrase that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keeps repeating — will be enormous. Since 1992, the country has repeatedly vowed never to test, manufacture, produce, store or deploy nuclear arms. It has broken all those promises and built a sprawling nuclear complex.”