A CNN reporter who has covered North Korea for years was left “stunned” and “speechless” on Friday after the North Korean regime announced it planned to end its nuclear and missile programs.
What did he say?
CNN correspondent Will Ripley, who has regularly reported from inside North Korea before, told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump’s willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un likely lead to the regime’s decision.
“This is an extraordinarily significant development, and frankly a huge win for President Trump going into these discussions, this potential summit, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,” Ripley said.
“Wolf, I have to say, I am really almost speechless here at the pace at which North Korea has done this U-turn. This all started with Donald Trump agreeing to sit down for a summit with Kim Jong Un,” he explained.
“It is really an extraordinary development,” Ripley added. Throughout the rest of the report, Ripley and Blitzer went praised Trump’s leadership in fostering the historic announcement.
Ripley also read a quote from a North Korean official, whom he had just spoken to, who said the regime truly is committed to denuclearization and moving its country into the modern world.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who Trump has nominated for secretary of state, recently met with Kim Jong Un, though it’s not clear where. Their meeting was reported to be cordial and successful.
Trump is slated to meet with Kim sometime next month, though the details have yet to be ironed out.