In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the White House, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un saw an opportunity.
The tiny, despotic nation in Asia has long despised the United States with a passion reserved for only a true hatred. Kim Jong Un and his predecessors blame their entire economic predicament on the United States’ involvement in the technically still-ongoing Korean War, and have shared their opinion repeatedly with the people of North Korea. Given Barack Obama’s refusal to engage with the rogue regime, there was no real room for Kim Jong Un to wiggle into the international spotlight.
In Trump, however, Kim found a sparring partner.
Donald Trump has been extremely tough on North Korea during his first year in office, not allowing the Kim regime to make repeated threats against the U.S. without consequence. Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley have spearheaded several campaigns within the United Nations in order to impose heavy sanctions on Kim and his cronies, effectively crippling the regime.
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Now, even as liberal pundits continue to rake the U.S. President over the coals for his decision to engage Kim at all, it seems that the President’s tough talk is working at least to an extent. While the North Korean military still hasn’t ceased to work on their nuclear weapons program, they are showing a much kinder attitude toward South Korea – an important step to ensuring that the coming Olympics go off without a hitch.
“North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to ‘all Koreans at home and abroad’ on Thursday, saying they should make a ‘breakthrough’ for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said.
“It said all Koreans should ‘promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea’ while adding Pyongyang will ‘smash’ all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula.“The announcement, issued after a joint meeting of government and political parties, added Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula.
“Military tension on the Korean peninsula was a ‘fundamental obstacle’ for the improvement of inter-Korean relations and unification, the North’s official news agency said.”
This bizarre declaration has some skeptics concerned, however, that Kim could be up to something given that this comes in incredibly stark contrast to statements from as recent as a month ago.
Should we learn that North Korea was forced into cooperation by the latest Trump inspired sanctions, that will be just another feather in the cap for Trump, accomplishing something that 60 years of diplomacy had previously failed to do.