The Trump Administration North Korea Policy Isn’t Engagement. It’s Demanding Kim’s Total Surrender | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


The Trump Administration North Korea Policy Isn’t Engagement. It’s Demanding Kim’s Total Surrender

In listening to Special Representative Steve Biegun’s remarks today at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference , which is affectionately known as #Nukefest on Twitter, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the Biegun who dazzled so many of us Korea watchers just a few weeks ago. For those of us who support diplomacy with North Korea as well as an action-for-action approach in resolving not only the nuclear issue but forging a new relationship with Pyongyang, Biegun’s comments at Stanford University seemed almost heaven sent.

Unfortunately, it seems the administration has changed its tune, despite Biegun’s clever attempt today at spinning the obvious. While we may never know exactly what happened since the Hanoi Summit, the goal posts have clearly been moved on the U.S. side. Specifically, three things have changed that could very well end the current detente on the Korean Peninsula and spawn the resumption of tensions:

Action for Action is dead: America and North Korea would follow a phased plan of denuclearization, where both sides would make matching concessions until all sanctions were removed in exchanged for full denuclearization. Sometimes also referred to as a step-by-step- approach, each side would give up something to get something, until such time both sides get to the desired end state. If there is any logical path to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, this is it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are appalling, and ironic moments when it appears that President Trump appears to be pathologically incapable of negotiating his way out of a large paper bag intelligently, let alone with a foreign president or dignitary.

And unfortunately, the Hanoi Summit with Kim Jung un, was one of those painful demonstrations of that inability.

In essence, President Trump was asking Kim to relinquish everything, for absolutely nothing on the American side of the equation; and that kind of tone and tactic, particularly for an Asian leader, is utterly impossible to stomach.

Just how Trump got turned, and why, we will never know; but this was a flat, abject failure on the part of this administration; and the damnable thing was, if Trump had given just a little, just something North Korea could have accepted as real, and followed through on it, we could be looking at the official end of the Korean war, and true reunification of both Koreas.

Look for more warmongering in Asia, against both China and North Korea, now that negotiations with the North Koreans have gone "mammary glands up".

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