Where once progress was being made in earnest, we now have nothing but angry and petty sentiments to share in these waning days of May, the year of our Lord, 2018.
Over the course of the last six decades, the world has been on edge in regard to the nation of North Korea. At the end of hostilities in the Korean War that occurred nearly sixty years ago, North and South Korea split, creating one of the tensest standoffs in global history. Until just recently, the despotic dictatorship of the North was heavily isolated from the rest of the world, attempting so desperately to achieve the status of nuclear superpower that their citizens were harvesting grass in city parks just to fee their children.
Things are so bad in North Korea that the government has turned to the Hitlerian use of concentration camps in order to quell public dissent.
Now, after not even two years in office, it looked as though Donald Trump had solved the issue of North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, as the formerly petulant Kim Jong Un came crawling back to the negotiating table, albeit briefly.
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After a renewed war of words between the two, however, the deal looks to be off.
President Trump on Thursday canceled the highly anticipated summit with North Korea that had been set for next month, calling the talks “inappropriate” following the “hostility” displayed in the latest comments from dictator Kim Jong Un.
The move to pull out of the summit, slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, came after threats from Kim to call off the talks. In a letter to Kim on Thursday, Trump said the world, and North Korea, had lost a “great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity.”
“Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim on Thursday. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
Given the manner in which the Kim family has operated in the past, the President could very well be ahead of the curve on this one.
Just a few years ago, Kim Jong Un had his half-brother assassinated outside of the country in a bizarre scheme involving a fake television game show and a number of unwilling young women.