With the 2nd North Korea-U.S. summit coming to an end with no agreement reached, the "big deal" mentioned by National Security Advisor John Bolton in numerous interviews never got to see light.
But numerous U.S. officials have been emphasizing that Washington was prepared for a big deal, that included pretty much everything from the weapons of mass destruction, to a declaration of the North's nuclear and missile programs.
Feb. 28th, 2019
"There are also timing and sequencing issues associated with that as well that we didn't quite get across that finish line as well. Even that facility in all of its scope which is important for sure, still leaves missiles and warheads and weapons systems. So there's a lot of other elements we couldn't get to.//And the declaration, so all of those things we couldn't get to today."
A senior State Department official told reporters after the summit, that President Trump had encouraged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to go "all in", and the U.S. too is expected to have presented the North with something more than the alleviation of sanctions -- possibly a peace statement as well.
"No one knows for sure if they had the declaration of the end of the Korean War in there as well, or simply a clause on further discussions on that. But something on ending the state of war would've been included as well, as they called it a "grand bargain"."
But despite these efforts, no deal was reached.
"Their gap in the scale, range and subject of denuclearization seem to have been different. North Korea obviously wasn't going to give anything more than the Yeongbyeon nuclear facility. They simply continued asking the U.S. to lift practically all the sanctions. And when the U.S. mentioned dismantling the uranium facility, the North is likely to have avoided that discussion."
The expert adds that with the phased approach not seeming to be working, there is a possibility that the U.S. will go back to square one and ask for a roadmap of the whole process.
Lee Ji-won Arirang News.