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'Naive' to expect North Korea to denuclearize - Bill Richardson

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'Naive' to expect North Korea to denuclearize - Bill Richardson

'Naive' to expect North Korea to denuclearize - Bill Richardson

Experienced North Korea hand, and the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, tells Reuters the Trump administration should proceed with caution, and not give away too much in its talks with North Korea.

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'Naive' to expect North Korea to denuclearize - Bill Richardson

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. GOVERNOR, AND FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "Well I think it was naive for the administration, and the Trump administration to think that the North Koreans were going to denuclearize.

They're not going to do that.

They have 54 nuclear weapons.

That's their source of survival for the future and also Kim Jong Un's standing as a leader.

Bill Richardson is an experienced North Korea hand, as well as a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who gave an interview to Reuters in New York Wednesday (February 27) ahead of another day of the U.S.-North Korea summit being held in Vietnam.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. GOVERNOR, AND FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "Well my concern is that the president has a lot of distractions now.

He's got this Mueller investigation.

The Cohen testimony.

The shutdown which I think politically has hurt him.

He's got 'The Wall' issue in the Congress.

So he wants a victory.

He wants a distraction.

The problem is that he's not going to push Kim Jong Un the way he should.

Now there is less tension in the peninsula.

And I give the president credit for the summit, for going straight on with Kim Jong Un.

I just think that we're giving up too much to Kim Jong Un at this juncture." U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold another day of talks at their second summit in eight months on Thursday, after swapping compliments at a dinner but giving no sign of progress on the key issue of denuclearization.

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