North Korea

North Korea Dumps on Pompeo, Resumes Weapons Tests

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Figuratively speaking, North Korea is patting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the head and telling him take a nap.

South Korean officials have pointed their fingers at National Security Adviser John Bolton and blamed him for the stalemate that currently exists between the U.S. and North Korea, but North Korean officials are pointing their fingers at Pompeo.

Pompeo, they say, is a big baby.

KCNA quoted [foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun], who is in charge of U.S. affairs, as saying the Vietnam summit, the second between the two leaders, showed that talks could go wrong “whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in.”

“I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled,” Kwon said.

“Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the United States, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.”

I couldn't help but laugh at this, but not necessarily because of what they're saying about Pompeo.

I don't know if Pompeo has behaved poorly in front of North Korean officials, but I would say it's more likely than not that Trump will quietly sideline Pompeo at some point in the near future because the North told him to.

Trump is already predisposed to thinking he's the only smart person in the room and both the North and South Korean governments are telling him that he is the solution and his advisers are the problem.

My own personal opinion is that Trump is the problem. Whatever baggage Pompeo, Bolton, or anyone else brings to the table is nothing compared to Trump's incoherent and fleeting whims.

North Korean state media also reported this morning that Kim Jong-un oversaw the testing a new 'tactical weapon,' but did not elaborate on the nature of the weapon.

I don't think it's a coincidence that this news broke on the morning the redacted Mueller report was released to the public.

  • Draxiar

    He, trump, is the problem. He’s desperate for “the win” that no matter what happens he’ll couch anything that happens as a win. Because of his ego, he’ll believe his own hosrseshit so that he thinks he won…in other words, he’s delusional in thinking he can do it. He can’t. He won’t. He only wants people to believe he did.

  • muselet

    Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the United States, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.

    The North Koreans want to talk to Donald Trump—”person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us” is a fairly transparent ego-stroke for Trump—because he’ll likely give them everything they want so he can wave a signed piece of paper around and declare himself the greatest negotiator in the history of negotiations.

    According to BBC News, Mike Pompeo hurt Kim Jong-un’s fee-fees:

    Last week, during a US Senate subcommittee hearing, Mr Pompeo was asked if he would agree with descriptions of Mr Kim as a “tyrant”, he then responded: “Sure, I’m sure I’ve said that.”

    This was met with a strong reaction from North Korean foreign ministry official Kwon Jong-gun, who said that Mr Pompeo “spouted reckless remarks, hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership… to unveil his mean character”.

    Mr Kwon also blamed Mr Pompeo for the abrupt ending to the Hanoi summit.

    No wonder Trump tapped Pompeo as Secretary of State: he’s a natural diplomat.

    As for the weapon tested today, the best guess is that it’s a short-range weapon of some sort, possibly but not necessarily a missile.

    I miss having a competent president, surrounded by competent advisers.

    –alopecia