North Korea is refusing to engage with President Donald Trump for negotiations unless the U.S. makes significant changes to what they perceive as “hostile policy.” Further defining the claim, North Korean administrators cited “sanctions and America’s military presence on the Korean Peninsula, as well as anti-DPRK rhetoric,” as significant detractors to the potential for peace. Government statements reiterated this clearly. “As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat toward the DPRK are not fundamentally removed, the DPRK will never put its nukes and ballistic missiles on the table of negotiations…”
Key Facts in North Korea’s Decision
• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has stated repeatedly that the U.S. is prepared to meet and negotiate without any preconditions or requirements. “It’s not realistic to say we’re only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program. They have too much invested in it.”
• However, the White House reversed this claim just a short time later, stating that recent missile tests showed North Korea’s complete unwillingness to show good faith and work toward a resolution. Tillerson himself confirmed this in a U.N. conference, stating only that, “North Korea must earn its way back to the table.”
• North Korea gave a direct ultimatum, stating that the only way they will move forward is if the U.S., “drop[s] at an early date its heinous hostile policy, which defines the DPRK as an enemy, and co-exist[s] peacefully with the DPRK possessed of nukes.” The tiny country has also accused the U.S. of launching a campaign to make the world hate it based on falsified information. The immediate cessation of this perceived campaign is yet another of their demands.
• North Korea has continued to develop their nuclear program despite appearing to lack scientific knowledge. Previous missile tests landed either in the ocean or far away from where they could cause harm, but could potentially land in South Korea or even the United States. President Trump took a firm hand against such actions right from the very beginning. Tensions continue to escalate.
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