North Korea

North Korea Back to Its Old Tricks as Pompeo Pow-Wow Postponed

It looks as though North Korea may be reverting to their age-old pattern of deceit once again in 2018.

President Trump’s ability to seemingly reunite the Korean Peninsula notwithstanding, it looks like we may have been duped by the despotic DPRK in the realm of denuclearization.  Reports show that the North Koreans are not only refusing to shut down their weapons plants, but may actually be increasing the workload of these factories.  This realization prompted the President to urge Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his coming trip to North Korea altogether.

Now, in what seems like a predictable bit of propaganda, North Korea is making military allegations against the United States.

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North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper accused the United States on Sunday of planning an invasion while at the same time continuing negotiations “with a smile on its face.”

An editorial in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper claimed that the U.S. was carrying out “extremely provocative and dangerous” military drills in the region.

The paper, which is the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, cited a South Korean radio broadcast as its source for the information on the alleged troop movements.

However, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul said it had no information about the exercises, and American military officials in South Korea were no available for comment, according to Reuters.

Rodong Sinmun alleged that the U.S. was “hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war” against North Korea, calling it “a crime which deserves merciless divine punishment.”

North Korea’s pattern of compliance followed by combative rhetoric is nothing new, but this latest walk-back is unique in that it hasn’t seemed to affect the newly-harmonious relationship between North and South Korea.

While the President will likely relish in the success of his new Mexican trade deal today, we expect that the White House will address what’s next in the North Korea saga later this week.

 

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