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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES (MAY 14, 2018) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "Well, it's a positive step but it's another charm offensive by Kim Jong Un releasing the prisoners, announcing, it's OK to keep troops in South Korea but this is an important step because it's one of the significant nuclear sites. But I noticed the North Koreans said they were going to allow experts and journalists in, now I didn't see them allowing experts and in their latest announcement just journalists. So you have to watch the North Koreans every step of the way. But it is a positive step." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "I believe I am optimistic, I think it will be a positive outcome. I know there's a lot of speculation about losing an opportunity but I think the big issue is going to be denuclearization. We have a different definition than North Koreans. But I think once some of those issues are not necessarily resolved but understood as part of a negotiation a lot of good things can happen, like easing tensions in the peninsula, like finding ways to stop nuclear and missile exports from North Korea, like stopping chemical weapons to Syria from the North Koreans, like conventional and other embargoes on tensions between North Korea and South Korea and Japan some missile agreements. I'm optimistic but I worry that the Trump administration is saying full irreversible denuclearization that's going to be very hard to achieve, but at the same time maybe some significant progress can be made on that front." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "Well, I am seeing positive statements from Kim Jong Un, from Secretary of State Pompeo that possibly North Korea is ready to curb their use of nuclear weapons in exchange for private sector assistance, economic assistance from the United States not aid, but private sector infrastructure energy. I think that's a good bargain, if significantly North Korea reduces its missile its nuclear its conventional forces against South Korea stops testing, I think there's room for a positive agreement." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "I think it's very important that President Trump build trust with Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans they negotiate across the table, very formal talking points on both sides, big teams on both sides. I think it's important the president take Kim Jong un aside informally at a dinner or a walk and find ways to build the relationship and trust, I think you can get a lot farther with the North Koreans that way." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "I think Kim Jong un has a vision and what he wants is not to be taken out not to be knocked off. He wants a security guarantee and he wants economic growth for his country. But I think most important are timetables on the North Koreans and verification and substantial oversight, inspectors, because many times they break agreements and they do it very skillfully." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "I think the president needs to be patient, he needs to prepare himself, he needs to build trust with Kim Jong Un but we need a strategy. I believe Secretary Pompeo needs to go back to North Korea before the summit and find ways where the summit can end up to be productive." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "The negotiations are starting from the top this time not from the bottom up, the two leaders the two leaders are very similar, they both need victories, they both need substantial agreements after all the hype and the announcements. So I'm more optimistic than I never been but I don't want unruly expectations hurting the summit. Let's make substantial progress it doesn't have to be a total victory for both sides." (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYING: "I commend the administration for working the three American prisoners getting them out making it part of the pre-summit deliverables. In other words happening before the summit that was good that was Secretary Pompeo. I think the fact that he established that channel an intelligence channel with North Korea initially was good. The two trips he's taken are good. So I feel that he's very much on the right path. I just hope the president listens to him and puts the negotiations in the hands of Secretary Pompeo who has shown skill in making a lot of these positive steps happen."
Dateline: 2018

Former U.s. Negotiator With North Korea Sees Positives At Upcoming Summit

Item ID: 110603767

By: Reuters

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