Among the many holiday greetings received at the White House in the last few weeks was another missive from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. President Trump described it as a “great letter,” and for now, we’ll have to take his word for it; while he’s reportedly taken to showing off Kim’s correspondence to visitors, he’s yet to share the letter’s contents. But Kim had some public messages for the U.S. in his address on New Year’s Day, and they were pretty straightforward. Basically, if Trump officials want to keep claiming diplomacy with the North as one of their major successes, they’re going to have to work for it. And no, North Korea isn’t giving up its nuclear weapons. … [Read more...] about Trump Misses the Signs That North Korea’s Dictator Isn’t Really His Friend
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North Korea may also have some more concrete goals, like sidelining John Bolton. Trump’s new national security adviser recently floated the idea of using the “Libya model” to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Bolton was was undersecretary of state for arms control in 2004 when Muammar Gaddafi gave up Libya’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief — and North Korea said it’s well aware that several years later, the U.S. turned on Gaddafi and he was killed by rebel fighters. … [Read more...] about North Korea Surprises Trump Administration by Acting Like North Korea Again
That logic might have made sense if Trump’s speech only covered his policies toward Iran and Venezuela, but it completely fell apart when he discussed North Korea. While the regimes in both Venezuela and Iran treat their people terribly, and Tehran in particular also exports mayhem abroad, Pyongyang is on a whole other level of awful, in terms of decades-long privations and totalitarian restrictions on information and association. Yet rather than condemning North Korea, Trump touted his good relationship with Kim Jong-un, and confirmed that the two leaders will meet in Vietnam at the end of the month. “Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” he added. … [Read more...] about Why Doesn’t Trump’s Talk of U.S. Moral Duty Apply to North Korea?
North Korea hasn’t officially reported any cases of the new coronavirus. China has confirmed thousands of cases, and other countries have confirmed the virus in dozens of people who traveled from the central Chinese city where the outbreak began last month. … [Read more...] about The Latest: South Korea to evacuate 700 citizens from Wuhan
Rood said the U.S. message has also been that getting back to the negotiating table “would be more constructive and productive,” but added “certainly we’ve got to be alert to the possibility that we could see the North conduct those type of tests.” … [Read more...] about Pentagon official: ‘We don’t fully know the reasons’ North Korea didn’t fire ‘Christmas gift’