North Korea’s readily apparent void of truly capable military technology has fueled a staunch anger and stubborn defiance in leader Kim Jong Un, but news this week makes the dictator look more than a little soft.
Kim has always been more of a showman than an adept international leader. The young dictator, who was handed the position of “supreme leader” simply by nepotism, has proven himself time and again unable to truly cope with the diplomatic intricacies of the modern world. Instead, he relies on a tradition of mass-brainwashing of the North Korean people in order to remain in power, seen as a deity rather than a totalitarian totem.
Now, however, after embarrassing failures in the realm of military testing, and with a U.S. carrier strike group ready and able to decimate Pyongyang from the waters just off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, it seems that Kim Jong Un is beginning to adjust his wretched tone.
“A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States said on Saturday that Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions were right, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
“Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was traveling home from Norway, Yonhap said.
“‘We’ll have dialogue if the conditions are there,’ she told reporters when asked if the North was preparing to hold talks with the Trump administration, according to Yonhap.
“When asked if North Korea was also getting ready to talk with the new government in South Korea, of liberal President Moon Jae-in, Choe said: ‘We’ll see.’
“The comments by Choe, who is a veteran member of the North’s team of nuclear negotiators, came amid stepped up international efforts to press North Korea and ease tension over its pursuit of nuclear arms.
“U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a ‘major, major conflict’ with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.”
North Korea has been slapped with massively impactful sanctions by their sole pseudo-ally in China, who have refused to purchase coal from the hermitic nation. Exports of the resource account for nearly 40% of North Korea’s GDP according to some reports, making China’s trade move a devastating one for the already impoverish nation.
Between the sanctions and the military buildup on his borders, Kim Jong Un is certainly feeling some sort of pressure to comply with international decorum.