By Mary Kay Linge
KCNA via Reuters
U.S. negotiators dangled a Trumpian carrot before North Korean diplomats during nuclear talks two weeks ago: a promise to complete and expand a tourist resort that has been a favorite project of Kim Jong-un.
The American diplomats offered the development help in exchange for denuclearization, according to the South Korean newspaper Hankook Ibo.
The under-construction Kalma tourist area on North Korea’s east coast includes dozens of hotels, a shopping mall, and an indoor water park under a glass pyramid roof.
Trump, who touted the Hermit Kingdom’s “great beaches” after his 2018 summit with Kim in Singapore, said the area “could have the best hotels in the world right here.”
The Oct. 5 talks in Stockholm broke down after eight hours and ended in an impasse, Pyongyang’s top negotiator said — but the White House insisted progress had been made.