American President Donald Trump has cancelled the summit planned next month together with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter to Kim,” Trump decried the manic”open hostility” displayed by North Korea in recent days towards members of the administration.
In particular, North Korean officials had spared Vice President Mike Pence as”stupid” and”dumb” for comments he had made about nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula. But Pence’s opinions were arguably a lot more aggressive than anything else Pyongyang said in reaction.
Pence explicitly said in a US media interview earlier this week that North Korea could”end up like Libya” if it didn’t comply with American demands for it to give up its nuclear weapons. This has been an outrageous threat made in a primetime interview from the second highest US official. It was a shocking statement of aggression given how American and NATO warplanes had bombed Libya to a failed state which led to the murder of its own esteemed leader Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.
North Korea has regularly said that Libya’s doom was precisely why it had taken the path of developing nuclear weapons. In order to discourage American aggression and regime shift. And Trump whined that Pyongyang’s answer to this outrageous ultimatum was”open hostility”.
Moreover, Pence is just the latest senior US official to openly brag about ruining North Korea. Trump himself, in a screen of garbled logic, said in the past week that Pyongyang could be”decimated like Libya” if it didn’t comply with US requirements — and that was immediately after Trump attempted to”reassure” Kim Jong Un the US had been”not employing the Libya Model”.
How can any adversary possibly expect this administration?
The debacle over the”historic summit” between Trump and Kim — it’d have been the very first meeting ever between a sitting American president and a North Korea pioneer — reveals that the challenge to find a peaceful resolution to the decades-old conflict isn’t going to be easy.
A important part of the dilemma is that the Trump White House evidently includes a badly informed view of what a genuine peace process would demand.
Trump has pushed on with the concept of meeting Kim apparently under the mistaken belief that North Korea is willing to capitulate to American high-handed demands for its nuclear disarmament. Pyongyang has never said that it is ready to unilaterally give up its weapons. It has always made clear that it could be willing to denuclearize in the context of a multilateral accord in which the United States offers guarantees of safety and eschews the agenda of regime shift.
Usually such official memorabilia are constantly created after an event has happened. The prematurely collectible coins, bearing the names of Trump and Kim, shows an arrogant complacency at Washington’s believing that American goals were”in the bag”.
At no time has the Trump management shown any awareness of what America’s historic duties entail in order to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula. Those obligations include things like signing a treaty to finally mark the definitive end of the Korea War (1950-53) where US forces killed countless Koreans while supporting its ally South Korea against the communist North. American obligations also have scaling back its massive army presence in the area, its repeated war maneuvers, and lifting crippling economic sanctions away Pyongyang.
The Trump White House seems to get the arrogant view that any peace process is simply down to North Korea unilaterally giving up its own nuclear weapons. Trump has even encouraged his voter base to demand that he be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Again, this demonstrates how clueless the Trump government is its own approach to finding a peaceful resolution in Korea.
What is of utmost concern now is the shallow diplomacy out of Washington will be supplanted by a dangerous return to aggression, potentially resulting in war.
Recall that just a couple of months ago, Trump was warning that North Korea could come face to face with”fire and fury like never before” and that he was willing to”totally destroy” the country. Such criminal calculations are accountable to resume, especially now that Washington believes it has been”betrayed” by North Korea rejecting its ultimatum to surrender or end up like Libya.
But those putative talks will not be viable if the Americans do not repudiate their intricacies of unilateral nuclear disarmament by North Korea and regime shift.
Trump added he was maintaining”maximum pressure” of genocidal economic sanctions on the people of North Korea. In addition, he made a menacing reference America’s”gigantic nuclear arsenal” and said he”prayed to God that it wouldn’t be utilized”.
North Korea’s self-imposed demolition this week of its atomic test site at Punggye-Ri can be regarded as a goodwill gesture that it is willing to seek a disarmament procedure. However, for any procedure to succeed, the US must be willing to reciprocate.
Bragging about regime change and the offender destruction of Libya amounts to an act of stupendous vandalism from the US on the fragile diplomatic engagement with North Korea.
An chance for peace has been wasted by US leaders that appear to suffer from profound ignorance and criminal entitlement.