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    Kim Jong Un blinks: Still wants to meet Trump despite cancellation

    Kim Jong Un blinks: Still wants to meet Trump despite cancellation

    “We are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind”

    Thursday morning, President Trump canceled the upcoming Singapore summit with North Korea, “based on tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” in their most recent statements. North Korea recently insulted Vice President Pence calling him “ignorant and stupid” and a “political dummy.”

    Trump concluded with an invite saying, “if you [North Korea] change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”

    Hours later and North Korea says they still want to meet.

    From Bloomberg:

    North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. at any time.

    In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.

    “Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”

    Trump also said the military was ready and waiting:

    Trump said he had spoken with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the leaders of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. military is “ready if necessary,” he said, and the two Asian allies “are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the financial cost or burden” of a conflict.

    Trump has been roundly criticized for ruining negotiations and mocked since calling off the summit:



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    Bisley | May 25, 2018 at 9:24 am

    The problem with North Korea has never been about North Korea, but China. The Kim regime would not exist without China’s support, and is a part of Chinese long-term military strategy for the war it intends in the future.

    Kim Jong-un seemed ready to come to some agreement with the ROK and US to put an end to hostilities and save his regime, until he flew to Dalian and spent a couple days with Xi Jinping. Now he’s back to bombast and belligerence, and failed to send his people to Singapore to prepare for the meeting with Trump. The question here is, what sort of bribes and/or threats did Xi present to make him reverse his position? If this situation is to be resolved without war, there isn’t too much time left to do it, and if Trump knew what the Chinese promised, or threatened Kim with, he might be able to offer him a better deal. A meeting is still needed, but only if Trump can find out what’s going on between Xi and Kim, to know what he’s dealing with.

      billdyszel in reply to Bisley. | May 25, 2018 at 9:31 am

      I’ve also heard that there’s major instability within the Kim regime. He may be a dictator, but his grip on power is not entirely secure. The fact that he’s been murdering his own relatives to maintain control suggests that his position might be in doubt. And, of course, dictators rarely retire – they usually leave the job feet first, not always from natural causes.

      oldgoat36 in reply to Bisley. | May 25, 2018 at 11:18 am

      I don’t see where he was all for working with the US and South Korea prior to his meeting with China. He was baiting the US with his rocket launches, flying them over Japan.

      It wasn’t till after his China meeting that he suddenly was Mr. Peace and Harmony. During the Olympics, it was lovey dovey type stuff with SK, but the goal was looking to increase NK’s landmass and population under Kim. China was entering into trade talks, NK gets brought in (most likely a carrot the Chinese were dangling for Trump) as a trade chip. China seemed to think Trump would be all about the photo op and not about the real deal with NK and China trade.

        Bisley in reply to oldgoat36. | May 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm

        Kim’s been to China more than once. The last time was after his visit to the South, and that’s when he went back to claiming military exercises were a prelude to invasion, and the standard belligerent rants and threats. He may, or may not have been serious about coming to some agreement, but there was a drastic change of tone after he talked to Xi.

    Apparently, kim jong fatboi needs the US more than the US needs him.

    forksdad | May 25, 2018 at 10:49 am

    What do I know about this? I was surprised when we pulled out, now I’m more surprised when norks are trying too pull us back.

    I expected the norks to yank the football, I still do. If reunification happens it will be an odd duck because I can’t see China giving up all that buffer.

      oldgoat36 in reply to forksdad. | May 25, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Trump knows history, he talked before about NK, so he was such a novice that he expected them to live up to their word. As soon as the grumbling and precondition stuff came out from NK about the military exercises, I thought “here we go again”, and apparently so did Trump.

      A true negotiator is always willing to walk away from the table. Trump has been in deals with all kinds of alpha dogs all his working life. He knows how to deal with them, and it’s not really any different working with heads of states. Egos are huge, so the only means you have to get things as close to what you want is to be willing to head for the door. Just as in buying a car, the best weapon you have to get a good deal is head to the door. If they call you back, hedge, wait for something they concede, if it isn’t coming, you leave.

      Reunification is all about things being under Kim. You are correct about China not giving up that buffer, which makes me wonder why SK would want it to happen. They have to know how NK would operate with reunification.

    DanJ1 | May 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Kim was obviously trying to use the Leftist Trump-hating US media machine to get an upper hand on Trump before the summit. Trump pulled the rug out from under all of them and now Kim has to come sniveling back. Trump did the same thing to crybaby Chuckie Shumer over the budget extension. Shumer’s Senate Dems had to accept a worse deal than Trump originally offered when they tried to use the press to against Trump. Even after 16 Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton went down to Trump, the swamp creatures, including Kim, still have not learned.

    Mac45 | May 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    There are two main players in this drama. The first is the US, under Trump. The second is the Chinese, under Xi. And, the DPRK, under Kim, is a minor player.

    Trump wants the nuclear threat presented by the continued development of nuclear weapons and delivery systems by Kim stopped. Xi wants to retain most of the extremely favorable trade treatment that China has enjoyed for the last 20 years from the US. And Kim just wants to maintain power, which he can not do without Chinese support.

    So, Trump and Xi will dance around and Kim will do whatever Xi tells him to do.


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