Maybe we should call it McDonald’s Diplomacy. The latest analysis by the CIA of North Korea’s overtures to the United States said Kim Jong Un will not ever get rid of his nuclear weapons but instead will offer to open a hamburger franchise in North Korea as a sign of goodwill.
Kim Yong Chol, a four-star general in the North Korean army, landed in Beijing’s airport on Tuesday on his way to the United States to attend meetings with the Trump administration to discuss salvaging the scheduled June 12 summit in Singapore.
Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in talked for two hours and afterwards they were hopeful they had a plan to convince America’s president that the summit should still take place in order to bring peace to the Korean peninsula. They also said that they plan additional talks this week to work out more details.
President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone Saturday to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss his worry that North Korea is not serious about reaching an agreement on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Recent statements from North Korea have thrown uncertainty into the planning for the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.
The head negotiator for North Korea was back to his belligerent self on Thursday, and called the government of South Korea “ignorant and incompetent.”
North Korea is still upset that South Korea is holding joint air force exercises with the United States. When they say they want to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula what they mean is they want the United States to leave and stop working together with the South Korean military.
Trump Sec. of State Mike Pompeo's claim that the American people share objectives with Kim Jong-un was crazy and a fundamental violation of the democratic principles that the United States is based on.
In Korea, nothing is what it seems.
What they call the demilitarized zone is actually the most heavily militarized area in the world.
Technically the two Koreas are still at war, even though they’ve had over 60 years of peace.
North Korea’s underground nuclear test site has been rendered unusable after most of the mountain on top of it collapsed, according to a group of Chinese scientists. The collapse means there won’t be any more missile testing going on there, and it may also mean there could be radioactive leaks threatening the environment and the health and safety of the population.
Only in a military dictatorship will you find a leader crazy enough to spend money on building monuments to his favorite inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). But that is exactly what is going on in North Korea. Dictator Kim Jong Un has decided that the country needs to spend money on these monuments (even though his people are starving) because the recent tests of ICBMs have shown the world how great and powerful he is.
While President Trump and Vice President Pence proceed to use severe rhetoric when discussing relations with North Korea, the governments of the two Koreas are continuing to take diplomatic steps to ease tensions that have existed between them for decades.
Trump's tough talk is fooling no one, especially not the North Koreans, and Americans are feeling less safe as a result.
When even the crazy guy who is starving his own people to death thinks Donald Trump is deranged, it is time for the American people to take a good, long look at Trump's fitness for office.
This is just more evidence that Trump admires the tactics of authoritarian figures like Kim Jong-un.
Trump can continue to threaten to invade whichever country he's mad at on a given day, but he'll be doing so without the support his own party, the American people or the international community.
"If we have to, we'll go to war," Graham told a South Carolina CBS affiliate.
After eight years of an administration who took these issues seriously, we now have a president who loses his cool at the slightest provocation.
It’s difficult to find an issue that Trump approaches in a thoughtful or knowledgeable way, but the idea of winging it when it comes to nuclear war is stunning and dangerous – even for this president.
While admitting he agrees with Trump half the time, McCain added, "You can't praise that kind of behavior and not raise concerns around the world."
There is more to foreign policy than showing off America's ships. Hopefully, the commander-in-chief will soon realize that.