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North Korea Threatens to Cancel Talks, Restart Tests

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

North Korea partially decommissioned and dismantled one of their launch sites last year in a symbolic gesture, but activity was recently detected at the site where new constructions has been underway since before Trump's most recent meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Now, it may be a coincidence, but North Korean officials are now threatening to resume tests unless Trump makes more concessions.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior diplomat said on Friday, according to news reports from the North’s capital.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top U.S. officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s TASS news agency and the Associated Press reported.

Trump has already made several significant concessions -- from meeting with Kim Jong-un in the first place to suspending large-scale military exercises with South Korea -- and he has nothing to show for it.

I figured North Korea would wait until the end of Trump's term of the next administration to resume tests, but they may do so sooner rather than later knowing that Trump has already given them all the political cover they need to do it.

  • muselet

    Hmm.

    North Korea convinces Donald Trump to have a face-to-face meeting, which goes not well for Trump, who gets nothing in exchange for legitimizing the Kim regime.

    Then North Korea plays hard-to-get for a while before agreeing to another face-to-face. This meeting goes off the rails almost instantly, with Trump getting nothing in exchange for more legitimacy for Kim Jong-un.

    Now, North Korea is demanding further concessions from Trump and threatening to resume missile and nuclear testing.

    I wonder if Kim Jong-un has been studying The Art of the Deal. He certainly has the “screw the other guy over” attitude down pat.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    Oh…a lovers quarrel…

  • katanahamon

    Rump meeting with them has given them legitimacy in a way, so they are now free to make demands. Another incompetent blunder by Rump.

    • simpfan

      They played him like a fiddle.