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Former CIA director on North Korea: ‘These folks are not going to get rid of all their nuclear weapons’

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on Sunday that he does not believe North Korea’s claims that it is willing to denuclearize.

“These folks are not going to get rid of all their nuclear weapons,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“And if President Trump’s brand … demands something like that, this is going to end up in a very bad place,” he added.


South Korea’s president said earlier Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is committed to “complete” denuclearization and a summit with Trump.

“Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearization and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted,” Moon Jae-in told reporters in Seoul on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Trump also hinted late Sunday that a meeting with the North Korean leader is still possible, even though the president canceled the summit earlier last week.

“I think the realistic expectation for the meeting is that you do something at the beginning, not the end of the process, that you begin to stabilize the Korea problem, not solve it,” Hayden said on ABC.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who appeared on the show before Hayden, also said he is convinced Kim does not want to denuclearize.

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