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The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said North Korea's announcement that it is suspending nuclear testing shows that Kim Jong Un has “learned about public relations.”

23 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said North Korea's announcement that it is suspending nuclear testing shows that Kim Jong Un has “learned about public relations.”

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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday that he is “glad” President Donald Trump is planning to meet with the North Korean leader, but added that “all of us look at this with great caution and skepticism.”

“Obviously, Kim Jong Un has learned about public relations and is setting it up well" for himself for the talks by announcing the suspension of nuclear and missile tests, Corker said. “But I think everyone that's been around this looks at [the talks] as just the beginning. It may lead to something. It may not.” The Tennessee senator noted that Kim Jong Un has suspended nuclear testing before and that such a move is easily reversible.

"PHOTO:J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., takes questions during a TV news interview on Capitol Hill, April 19, 2018.

"Is it realistic to think that Kim Jong Un is actually going to give up his nuclear weapons?" Stephanopoulos asked.

Corker responded, "[Kim Jong Un] views having deliverable nuclear weapons as his ticket to dying as an old man in his bed. He saw what happened with [Moammar] Ghadafi," the longtime Libyan leader who was killed by rebel forces in his country in 2011.

"Ghadafi’s a dead man now because he gave up his nuclear weapons,” Corker said. “And so to think that somebody’s going to go in and charm [Kim] out of that is not realistic."

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North Korea suspends nuclear program ahead of much-anticipated talks

The Republican senator said of the planned talks between Kim and Trump, "Is there some progress that can be made? I hope so. But, you know, it’s, that’s a big hurdle."

North Korean state media announced this weekend that Kim had decided to suspend the country's nuclear and missile tests and to close one of its nuclear-testing sites.

According to state TV, Kim said the country had "verified the completion of nuclear weapons" and that now "the Party and our nation will focus all its efforts towards socialist economic development.”

"PHOTO:Wong Maye-E/AP, FILE
Missiles are paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

The announcement comes ahead of a planned summit between North and South Korea, scheduled to take place on Friday, and a meeting between Trump and Kim possibly in May or June. Trump tweeted Friday that the North Korea announcement indicated "big progress," and that he was looking forward to his and Kim's summit.

North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018

However, on Sunday morning, the president tweeted that "only time will tell" if the U.S. will succeed with North Korea.

....We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t - only time will tell....But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2018


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