North Korea

Kim Regime Cancels Talks With Trump Regime

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was suppose to meet with the foreign minister of North Korea today, but North Korea abruptly called off the talks yesterday for reasons that I find amusing.

According to the Wall Street Journal, North Korea canceled the talks because they want relief from economic sanctions before things go any further.

Neither North Korea nor the U.S. has said why plans for the meeting fell through, but the move was widely seen by Western experts as an attempt by North Korea to pressure Washington to grant some early relief from sanctions.

It also was seen as a message of Pyongyang’s dissatisfaction with Mr. Pompeo’s demand that Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal and programs be eliminated before any economic benefits are conferred [...]

North Korea has said it has taken sufficient first steps toward denuclearization by dismantling a missile-launch site and a nuclear testing facility, and halting missile and nuclear-weapons tests. In addition, the regime has returned some U.S. war remains.

Pyongyang has demanded the U.S. lift sanctions in return, stressing that an improvement in bilateral ties must come before it gives any more ground.

More:

Kim leveled an unusually direct criticism of sanctions last week, saying the “vicious” measures stood in the way of the country’s development and that he wouldn’t be forced into “change and submission.”

Still, Pompeo had predicted “real progress” as recently as Sunday. “I’m confident that we’ll advance the ball again this week when I’m in New York City,” he told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Real progress.

It's true that North Korea has dismantled a couple facilities and halted tests, but analysis of satellite photos token over the past six months tells us they've been upgrading other facilities. We can also infer that North Korea stopped testing because they already did all the testing they needed to do.

They really haven't done anything that warrants lifting economic sanctions, but I still expect Trump will give them what they want.

What we're seeing today has been North Korea's strategy for decades. They will string Trump along for years by holding talks, canceling talks, holding more talks, and moving the goal posts. All that has changed is Americans elected a game show host who was just as eager to be legitimized by Kim Jong-un as Kim was eager to be legitimized by Trump.

Although Trump declared victory earlier this year, I still firmly believe North Korea will have nuclear weapons when Trump leaves office.

  • David Greenberg

    Pompeo=another incompetent trump turd/lackey. “The Fart of the Deal”. By thousands of times the worst president in this country’s history. Shame on anyone who voted for him or thinks he should continue as president. Shame on republican politicians for putting their party and themselves ahead of the interests of our country.

  • 1933john

    You mean to tell me, the romantic
    interlude has been shit-canned?
    Has Kim rejected Trump’s advances?
    Stay tuned for, Part 23 of Love in Boom.

  • Badgerite

    The United States hasn’t tested nuclear weapons in decades. Know why? Once developed and tested to see if they work, you don’t have to. NK has done its testing. Now they are in the building and delivery phase. And one of the places they will want to be able to deliver to is us. The United States.

  • muselet

    Kim Jong-un will not give up his nuclear weapons program any time in the foreseeable future. This has less to do with Donald Trump than it does with North Korea’s long-standing desire to be a nuclear nation: a country which is paranoid as a matter of official state policy, nukes make sense.

    The Trump administration’s maladroit attempts at diplomacy have done little more than give Kim an excuse to troll the United States. Honestly, it’s kind of fun to see Mike Pompeo pretend he doesn’t have egg on his face, but this is not a healthy state of affairs. Sooner or later, someone’s going to get tired of the game-playing and do something rash.

    It’s even money whether that someone is Trump or Kim.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I expect Trump will eventually blame Pompeo for the lack of progress and he’ll be replaced at some point in 2019.

      • muselet

        I think that’s a given.

        –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    They’ve (NK) already tested functional nuclear weapons, whether or not they have missiles capable of long range delivery is still questionable, but, they likely have several functional weapons now. Countries like this are going to stay quiet, and quietly get away with whatever they want as they watch the bungling fool Rump try to stay out of jail. America is vulnerable as long as Rump sits in office.