2. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Richardson, Former US Ambassador to the UN, Former Governor of New Mexico
"Well I'm concerned that the president should be more careful. The North Koreans, they need to save face many times, especially after Kim Jong Un, the leader, met with the Pompeo, the secretary of state-designate. So I think the president has to calibrate his remarks. North Koreans are very sensitive to insults. They feel that they have been noble so far, meeting the South Korean president, hosting, being part of the Olympics, and now the summit with President Trump. So I think the president needs to be very prepared. But at the very least, no tweets, no bombast. North Koreans are very traditional and they're very sensitive and this is a very important summit.
(Reporter question, off-camera): Do you think the summit is a good idea?
The summit is a good idea. I've been involved on Korean issues Peninsula issues for a long time. Things couldn't possibly get worse with the North Korean shooting missiles, nuclear tests, the tensions with Japan, with South Korea, with reaching the United States, the missile. So the summit is a good idea. The worry I have that is that the summit could be a big risk if it doesn't succeed. If it doesn't succeed, it's not going to be the status quo, it's going to be enormous state of tension. And I think it's important that the summit succeed, but we not have terribly high expectations that North Korea is going to denuclearize. They're not going to do that. But curbing the use of nuclear weapons, freezing missiles, exports of chemical weapons, exports of nuclear and missile material. There are a lot of achievable issues that can happen with this summit that we should embrace."
The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, warned President Donald Trump Thursday to "be more careful" in his communications about North Korea and the upcoming summit.
His remarks follow Trump's comments Wednesday evening during a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he may cancel the summit if he doesn't think it will be successful.
Trump also said he will "respectfully leave" the meeting after it starts if he feels it won't be fruitful.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Richardson said Trump needs to "calibrate his remarks."
Richardson said North Korea is a very traditional country and "very sensitive" to what it perceives as insults.
So he advises Trump: "No tweets, no bombast" regarding the summit.
Richardson calls the historic summit "a good idea," particularly in light of the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Pyongyang.
But he warns the U.S. not to have "terribly high expectations that North Korea is going to denuclearize," insisting, "They're not going to do that."
Still, the former governor and ambassador says there are "a lot of achievable issues that can happen with this summit that we should embrace," such as curbing the use of nuclear weapons and freezing the exports of chemical weapons and missile materials.