US ‘deliberately’ excluded Moon from 2018 Trump-Kim summit under ‘America first’ policy: ex-official

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. AP-Yonhap

The United States “deliberately” excluded then South Korean President Moon Jae-in from its first-ever summit with North Korea in Singapore in 2018 as he was “too willing” to make concessions, a State Department spokesperson during the former Trump administration said in a book published this week.Morgan Ortagus, the department’s spokesperson from 2019-2021, described the exclusion from the meeting between then President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as an “America first foreign policy in action,” stressing that though the U.S. works with allies, it will sometimes move “independently” when it serves America’s interests.She wrote this in a chapter in the book, titled “An America First Approach to U.S. National Security.” It was published by the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), a non-profit organization, and the chapter was titled, “America First, NATO, and U.S. Alliances: Why America First is Not Isolationism.””The United States also deliberately excluded Moon from the Singapore summit because he was too willing to make concessions to North Korea,” she wrote.

“This is an America first foreign policy in action: American strength, presidential leadership, peace through strength, and working with allies with the caveat that the United States will sometimes act independently when it is in our nation’s interest,” she added.The Singapore summit took place in June 2018, producing an agreement, under which Pyongyang committed to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, while both sides agreed to work together to build new relations and foster a lasting, stable peace regime on the peninsula.Ortagus noted that the U.S. “listened to” Moon, but took a much harder line against Pyongyang than Moon wanted.”Although the United States worked closely with Japan and South Korea in its approach to North Korea, the Trump administration did not give either state a veto over America’s North Korea policy,” she said.She portrayed Trump’s personal diplomacy with the North Korean leader as a “case study” of how an America first foreign policy can work.In particular, she recalled Trump’s U.N. address in 2017, in which he said that the U.S. has great strength and patience, but if it was forced to defend itself and its allies, it 온라인카지노 would have no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea.

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