Trump accuses Russian Federation of propping up North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 10:47
The Journal reported that Trump had boasted during an interview: "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un". What could be a more theatrical symbol of rapprochement than competing on the same side? The shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in the South on November 23, 2010, was carried out by the North simply because it thought the South Korean Navy had crossed its maritime border while conducting military exercises.
Many have questioned the utility of a conference where China - Pyongyang's main ally - and Russian Federation are absent.
"It's apparent to us they're not fully implementing all of the sanctions and there's some evidence that they may be frustrating some of the sanctions", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters as he flew back to Washington from the meeting.
Lewis' playful idea represents a rather circumspect approach to selecting the right target to use military force to send a message. "It will not be conducive to peace and security and to the ongoing process between North and South that is aimed at creating a peaceful environment, easing tensions and promoting reconciliation between the North and the South", Choe said in an interview.
But everyone there knew that's not the solution.
They said, however, that North Korea had not yet offered any proof that it had mastered all technical hurdles, including development of a re-entry vehicle needed to deliver a heavy nuclear warhead reliably atop an ICBM, but it was likely that it soon would.
The Vancouver Conference could have been a flawless place, in a attractive city, to invite a delegation from North Korea for dialogue, communication and walking in the shoes of others. "This is reality, not a threat", the North Korean leader said in a televised New Year's Day speech. No wonder he wanted to convene allies who agree.
China and Russian Federation were not present at the meeting, which Beijing denounced as demonstrating a "Cold War mentality".
But the problem is they don't seem to lead anywhere.
"What's most indicative of the shift is the huge role of foreign currency and dollarization of the economy", said David Thompson, a senior analyst at C4ADS, a Washington-based think tank.
And in that unsafe stalemate, in stepped Mr. Kim, with impeccable timing, to engage in clever Olympic diplomacy.
"We regard this as an event of the Korean nation, not just of South Korea, (something) which should be jointly and brilliantly demonstrated to the world", he said.
Guterres' comments follow the restoration of a military hotline and North Korea's first formal talks with South Korea in about two years last week.
Even South Korea concedes now that convincing Kim to forgo nuclear weapons capabilities is "mission impossible". "It gets worse with each step they take". "Don't underestimate the emotional resonance of the concept of the Korean nation", he said.