Pompeo says Kim Jong-un needs USFK to defend against Chinese threat

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was deeply involved in negotiations with North Korea at the time, claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said during a dialogue with the US administration in 2018 that he needed US troops in South Korea to be safe from China.

On March 24 (local time), former Secretary Pompeo made his first visit to North Korea on March 30, 2018, writing in his memoir, “Never Give an Inch, Fighting for the America I Love.” He described the situation in which he had a conversation with the chairman.

He said he needed to reassure Chairman Kim that even if North Korea gave up its nuclear weapons, it would be safe from the Chinese threat.

When former Secretary Pompeo said during the conversation, “The Chinese Communist Party always tells the US that Chairman Kim will be very happy when US troops leave Korea,” Chairman Kim excitedly slapped his hand on the table and shouted, “The Chinese are liars.”

Kim said he needed US troops in South Korea to protect him from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who insisted on withdrawing US forces so they could treat the Korean Peninsula like Tibet and Xinjiang.

Based on this conversation, former Secretary Pompeo concluded that North Korea would not care if the US strengthened its missile and ground forces on the Korean Peninsula.

He also said that he had to convince Chairman Kim that the North Korean regime could survive and prosper even if it gave up nuclear weapons, unlike Iraq’s Saddam Hussein or Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who lost their regime and their lives.

He told Chairman Kim that if he reached an agreement, he would invite him to the beach in Miami, USA, where he could smoke the world’s best Cuban cigar, and Chairman Kim said, “I already have a great relationship with the Castro family.”

North Korea has traditionally maintained friendly relations with Cuba, a socialist country.

Chairman Kim interrupted the conversation every 45 minutes to receive an “important phone call,” Pompeo said.

He described North Korean Workers’ Party Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol as “one of the meanest people I’ve ever met.”

Vice Chairman Kim shook hands with former Secretary Pompeo at Sunan Airfield in Pyongyang and said, “We have been grazing for the past 50 years, and we can do that for another 50 years.” Pompeo responded, “I look forward to lunch.

I prefer to eat grass,” he wrote in response.

Meanwhile, former Secretary Pompeo said that before departing for North Korea, President Trump asked at the White House, “Have you talked to Dennis Rodman (former American basketball star) about Kim Jong-un?”

At the time, former President Trump said, “Call Rodman. He loves me and knows Kim Jong-un well.”

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Former Secretary Pompeo also introduced the process by which the trilateral meeting between the leaders of the United States, South Korea, and North Korea was held at Panmunjom in June 2019.

He said that everyone except for National Security Adviser John Bolton, who had a different view of President Trump, wanted to participate in this historic meeting.

Former Secretary Pompeo explained that Chairman Kim only wanted to meet with President Trump, and President Moon said he did not appreciate it.

Pompeo also claimed that Chairman Kim did not have time to devote to President Moon and did not respect him.

He suggested that there was a difference in approach between Korea and the US, saying, “South Korea endlessly emphasized only carrots (appeasement measures) and no sticks (hardline measures)” in a situation where the Trump administration responded toughly to North Korea’s missile provocations in 2017.

On the other hand, he said that he was concerned about the then US Ambassador to Korea, Harry Harris, because he was of Japanese descent.

In fact, during his tenure as ambassador, some of Korea’s progressive camps took issue with Ambassador Harris’ lineage, such as saying that his mustache reminded him of the Japanese governor-general.

/yunhap news

The article is in Korean

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