North Korea

North Korea Isn’t Giving Up Their Nukes

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I believe everyone except Trump and the White House saw this coming, but North Korea made it fairly clear last night that they will not be giving up their nuclear weapons.

After withdrawing from talks with South Korea yesterday evening, Kim Jong Un expanded on this threat to cancel the upcoming meeting Trump by saying he will not meet with him if giving up their nuclear weapons is part of the discussion.

"If the Trump Administration is genuinely committed to improving NK-US relations and come out to the NK-US summit, they will receive a deserving response," Kim Kye-gwan, First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.

"But if they try to push us into the corner and force only unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in that kind of talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming NK-US summit."

I don't think anyone expected North Korea would give up their weapons unilaterally, however the North's statement also said they're not interested in trade or economic aide from the United States which is all we can really give them in return.

The statement also said Trump will remain a "failed leader" if he behaves the way past American presidents have.

Now, if you read the between the lines here, I think it's clear that Kim Jong Un has been playing Trump from the beginning and he's still trying to play him into a meeting in which Kim Jong Un does not intend to give up anything. The exact wording of their statements seem designed to goad Trump into proving himself while ultimately owning himself.

Trump has already given Kim Jong Un what he desires: praise and respect as an equal head of state. A face-to-face meeting will only cement that and nothing else, but Trump may go through with it anyway because he's so desperate for a photo op and a headline. Trump may be more thirsty for a meeting than Kim Jong Un is.

Unfortunately for Trump, a meeting by itself won't enough for a Nobel Prize.

  • katanahamon

    Rump has now threatened them by saying that they will “end up like Gaddafi/Libya” if they don’t agree to whatever he wants. Great way to approach the negotiating table. I can’t figure out why we are allowing Rump to even speak in public on our behalf..it’s clear that the Mueller investigation is turning up evidence that Rump s a thieving, dishonest fucktard…why don’t we impeach his shriveled orange ass?

  • Wildson

    Maybe Trump can give Kim Jong Un a bag of cheeseburgers since he is desperate. (Menace to Society reference)…

  • 1933john

    I believe that it’s been a mutual “Set-Up” from Hairdo, Act 1, Scene 1.

  • muselet

    Right on cue:

    “The President is very used (sic) and ready for tough negotiations, and if they want to meet, we’ll be ready, and if they don’t, that’s okay too,” [Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee] Sanders told reporters outside the White House. “And we’ll continue with the campaign of maximum pressure if that’s the case. But like I just said, if they want to meet, the President will certainly be ready, and we will be prepared, but if not, that’s okay.”

    No, Donald Trump didn’t get taken in by some obvious trolling by Kim Jong-un and no, he didn’t get blindsided by North Korea’s statement. How dare you say such a thing!

    Uh-huh. Right.

    “We’re 100 percent confident, as we’ve said many times before, and as we all know that you’re aware, he’s the best negotiator. And we’re very confident on that front.”

    If the White House is so confident, why does Sanders keep saying the White House is confident? Isn’t that … oh, what’s the word, it’s right on the tip of my tongue … a tell?

    Also, “the best negotiator” compared to whom, a thick second-grader? I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Trump comes away from this ill-advised face-to-face meeting not having agreed to pay Kim to take some of the US’s nuclear weapons.

    This is not normal. None of this is normal.

    –alopecia

    • 1933john

      Negotiator my ass;
      More like trying to
      be an Ultimatum-er.

  • Username1016

    You know, and we were in the power position when THEY wanted a meeting and we (all our past presidents) said No. It’s now turning around so that TRUMP wants a meeting and NK is gonna say No. Way to own-goal, Trumpy.

  • simpfan

    I’m thinking this is going to hurt his Nobel Peace Prize chances.