Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

US, China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

US, China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

 

Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official experienced in negotiating with North Korea, warned there is a disconnect between how the North and the USA describes "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement shortly afterward from the USA side saying, "President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon".

Mr. Trump's administration, meanwhile, has done virtually nothing to prepare for negotiations, having been focused on tightening sanctions against the North and planning for war.

January 1, 2018: Kim says in his New Year's address that he has a nuclear button on his desk, but also calls for improved relations with South Korea and suggests sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Chung had recently returned from Pyongyang, where he met Kim personally. More conspiratorial theories centered on Russian leader Vladimir Putin and/or Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who have influence over Kim, bailing out Trump from domestic troubles.

 

Shortly after, then-US secretary of state Madeleine Albright traveled to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, in a visit to lay the groundwork for a visit by Clinton that would only happen after he had left office. The Kim regime's long-running control of North Korea could not have existed without significant support from the communists in Beijing.

 

Determined not to be left behind, a Chinese state-run paper ran an editorial this week declaring that the Korean issue can not be solved without the participation of China (in addition to Russian Federation and the UN Security Council). To put it bluntly, there's now a higher chance of diplomatic breakthrough, but also a higher chance of war if these talks breakdown.

What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way. "In all honesty, that came as a little bit of a surprise to us as well". As Pyongyang continues to be slapped with sanctions and existing measures are implemented more thoroughly, their economy can only be expected to suffer more greatly. And there's always the risk that North Korea interprets its newfound respect as reward for its brazen (and still illegal) pursuit of nuclear weapons.

For months, it has seemed that the United Nations sanctions have been literally starving out Pyongyang. More than a year in, the administration has yet to nominate an ambassador to South Korea. Civilian defectors have claimed the already small daily rations were slashed, while wildlife previously relied on for food has been destroyed by nuclear testing. It's important to note here that thus far the North Korean regime has not publicly or officially requested a meeting with Trump.

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