What was expected to be a much-welcomed shift in priorities for North Korea turned into a rejection of reasonable discourse.
President Trump and Kim Jong-un’s relationship seemed to have been the key to success in the constant struggle to get North Korea to denuclearize their military capabilities. Many anticipated this weekend to be the turning point of North Korea’s priorities. Instead, dictator Kim felt like this latest negotiation attempt was a waste of time.
We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as … happened this time before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK.
-North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson
Below is North Korea’s full statement on the recent negotiations:
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 6, 2019
It’s astounding that North Korea would label negotiations between our countries as “sickening.” Trump and Kim had such a good relationship going with the constant joking, banter and exchanging of friendly letters. Indeed, the North Korean situation appeared to be optimistic and coming to a peaceful close.
Is This Simply Destiny?
Perhaps the writing was on the wall with North Korea’s consistent show of force. The country has tested many types of missiles to demonstrate the versatility that the country’s military forces possess. Numerous projectiles have been launched at distances and altitudes that pose a threat to South Korea and Japan, two of America’s most strategic allies in the region.
One of the most recent tests proves that North Korea is capable of launching missiles from oceanic locations. According to ideal trajectory projections, that missile could travel 1,200 miles on a consistent flight path. Thus, the submarine-based missile is categorized as a medium-range missile.
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, shared his opinions on the North Korean dilemma.
After 3 years & 2 summits, the reality is that denuclearization is not happening, sanctions are eroding, and N Korea is ignoring empty Potus threats of fire and fury and instead testing its missiles & increasing the quality/quantity of its nuclear warheads https://t.co/WyFUg8cxoP
— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) October 6, 2019
An invitation has been sent to North Korea by our State Department for talks to continue in two weeks in Stockholm, Sweden. Hopefully, this volatile situation will improve after the next round of talks. Until then, the world anxiously awaits North Korea’s next set of ballistic tests.
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