Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday North Korea will never get rid of its nuclear weapons — and its leader Kim Jong Un’s conciliatory gestures to the international community are just a “show.”
“I remain convinced that he does not want to denuclearize, in fact he will not denuclearize,” the Florida Republican, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Rubio dismissed recent concessions by the North Koreans, including releasing three Americans who had been held captive by the regime and blowing up a site used for nuclear testing.
“It’s all a show. It’s a show,” he said. “Released three Americans that were innocently there, blew up a facility that was probably already damaged … Plus here’s the bigger point, the facility he blew up was a testing site. He can test [nuclear weapons] anywhere. They don’t have to have a town hall meeting in North Korea to decide whether to test weapons, he can test them anywhere.”
President Trump last week canceled a hotly-anticipated sit down with Kim for nuclear negotiations that had been scheduled for June 12.
But since then, the White House has gone back and forth on whether the meeting will in fact happen. Trump said late Saturday that “we’re looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn’t changed,” according to CNN.
Rubio credited the flip flopping with throwing the North Korean regime “off balance.”
“They are usually the ones that out there doing this sort of dramatic action and this sort of unpredictable action that set everybody off,” Rubio said. “The President has given him a taste of his own medicine.”
Former CIA director Michael Hayden also said Sunday he does not believe that a dismantling of the North Korean nuclear arsenal will happen.
“These folks are not going to get rid of all their nuclear weapons,” he told “This Week,” adding that Trump should set a more modest goal if he goes ahead with the sit down.