Donald Trump Declares Military 'Ready' After Kim Jong Un Summit Collapses

Rex Christensen
May 25, 2018

Some of the report's key takeaways: North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons has been deliberate, determined, and patient; USA diplomacy since 2000 has been sporadic, reactive, and often motivated by a desire to avoid instead of manage risk; no one has agreed on what exactly "denuclearization" means; North Korea has NOT "cheated on every agreement;" and as bad as things were in 2017, the situation could get worse. North Korea was deeply critical of comments Pence made suggesting that the so-called Libya model could be applied to North Korea if Kim doesn't make a deal with President Trump amid threats to pull out of the summit. "North Korea summit will not take place as scheduled".

The North has made rapid progress in its drive for nuclear arms in the last few years.

Shortly after Trump's cancellation of the summit was announced, University of Chicago historian and long-time Korea-watcher Bruce Cumings, sent the Bulletin his response, which noted: "It is absurd to cancel the upcoming summit because of entirely predictable North Korean rhetoric, on the very day when they blew up their nuclear test site in front of foreign journalists".

The threat drew predictable outrage from North Korea - which Trump presented as the reason for aborting for the summit.

The big question is what happens now? Advocates of isolating the regime argue that more USA pressure could be brought to bear by cracking down on Chinese banks facilitating North Korean sanctions evasion and by pressuring countries that play host to North Korean laborers to repatriate them ahead of the two-year timeline mandated by United Nations sanctions. Or might there be a slim chance of some kind of diplomatic process being maintained? There is no widespread public support, as a recent Washington Post-ABC Newspoll indicates, for a preemptive American strike on North Korea: 67 percent of Americans say Washington should act only if North Korea attacks it or our allies first.

"So I think we have been continuing that even up through today, as we were contemplating the June 12th summit", said Pompeo, adding he was "sure there are additional sanctions that we will seek to put in place".

The official continued: "The President has said he someday looks forward to meeting with Kim". "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have the long-planned meeting", Mr Trump said in a letter to Mr Kim.

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The president goes on to say in his letter that Kim talks about the North's nuclear capabilities "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

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He then went on to say that he had spoken to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the leaders of the US military, South Korea, and Japan, and that they all stand ready to respond to "foolish or reckless acts" from North Korea.

What was he referring to?

Ms Choe, who has been involved in several diplomatic interactions with the United States over the past decade, said the North would not "beg" for dialogue and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

The withdrawal was surprising, if only because Mr. Trump had seemed so invested in it, from the moment he orchestrated its dramatic announcement by South Korean officials visiting the White House. They stressed, however, there was a "backdoor that's open still". "You have to back it up with real consequences if persons continue to do business with North Korea".

"While the challenges to a lasting agreement with North Korea are great, we should not abandon diplomacy", he said.

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