Robert Gates, a former Defense Secretary, who served under two previous presidents, Barack Obama and George Bush, stated in one of his recent interviews that North Korea would never completely renounce their nuclear weapon program. In this way, he justified Trump’s walking away from the negotiations with the North Korean leader in February.
North Korea would keep at least a small part of their nuclear program, he added, because it provides certain leverage on the high-level politics scene.
The sense of having such a powerful weapon also adds to the feeling of general security and safety.
For all these reasons, Gates believes that Trump had high expectations in relation to the whole story of North Korean complete denuclearization two presidents have agreed on during their previous meeting.
Trump was bitterly disappointed and left the February meeting early. He stated that Kim never seriously intended to renounce the state’s nuclear program.