For years, American presidents refused to give legitimacy to
the hermit nation, North Korea, because of their nuclear ambitions and breathtaking
human rights abuses.
Economic sanctions have put a stranglehold on the nation,
keeping them from presenting any immediate threat to the world, but under the
Kim family leadership, along with Russian backing, there has always been a
Obviously, you don’t want powerful nuclear weaponry at the
disposal of unstable, dangerous leadership.
Enter Donald Trump, a man so desperate to be seen as a “great
negotiator” and to have his Reaganesque “Tear down this wall” moment, that he
has made the move no other president was willing to do, and gave North Korea a
seat at the big table. He gave them legitimacy, by entertaining the
bloodthirsty tyrant, Kim Jong Un, even to the point of saying that the two of
them “fell in love.”
Kim stroked his ego. He sent him “beautiful letters,” and
now the man who has Christians imprisoned, raped, and murdered for their faith,
along with a long list of other atrocities and human rights abuses, is in a
position to make demands of the United States.
And Donald Trump continues to gush.
On Thursday we talked about Kim Jong Un’s threats against the United States, promising to deal a “telling blow” to what he called “hostile forces,” unless his demands for lifted sanctions are not met.
Does that sound like someone that we should consider a
The second summit between President Trump and his bff, Kim, took
place in February of this year, but ended abruptly, when an agreement could not
be made and Trump walked away from the table.
That was the right thing to do, but more right would have
been to never have made Kim an equal, to begin with.
Even after Kim’s threats, Trump was unwilling to condemn the
remarks, and even suggested a third summit was not out of the question.
For that matter, Kim has indicated he would be open to another opportunity to manipulate meet with Trump, but that hasn’t stopped the aggressive language.
Kim said that he will wait “till the end of this year” for the U.S. to decide to be more flexible in negotiations, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday, according to Reuters.
“It is essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one,” Kim was quoted as saying during a speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s rubber-stamp legislature.
Before, when someone from the Kim family spoke like this, it
was just rambling hogwash from a nation hobbled by the controls of the rest of
the world. Now, however, it is the demands of someone with the ear of the
president of the United States.
The North Korean leader said the Vietnam summit “aroused a strong question if we were right in taking the steps with strategic decision and bold resolution, and evoked vigilance as to the U.S.’ true willingness to improve its relations with the DPRK,” the initials of North Korea’s official name.
Kim called offers floated by the U.S. “absolutely impractical,” arguing that the administration did “not really ready itself to sit with us face-to-face and settle the problem,” according to Reuters.
“We will wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year but I think it will definitely be difficult to get such a good opportunity as the previous summit,” Kim added.
By “bold decision” he means they’re waiting for Trump to prove
To his credit, the president, for now, has said sanctions
should stay in place, at least while they work on setting up a third summit,
which may include South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Meanwhile, the president looks on in the face of such stern talk and reaffirms his affections.
This is not the talk of someone who understands the seriousness of the situation. Then again, his focus is clearly somewhere other than the U.S. maintaining its position of strength against potential threats.
Coming soon to a post-Communist
dictatorship near you: Trump Tower Pyongyang.