WASHINGTON, March 10, 2018. – “This is a good deal for the United States. North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected.”
North Korea’s long list of presidential dupes
That was a statement made by President Bill Clinton regarding what was called the Agreed Framework between the U.S. and communist North Korea in October 1994. With it, North Korea would accept inspections of its nuclear research facilities.
Getting the diplomatic ball rolling for the agreement was former President Jimmy Carter.
The administrations of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama would follow in Carter’s footsteps. They both began providing humanitarian and financial aid to North Korea. All in exchange for more promises to end its nuclear ambitions.
On October 3, 2006, North Korea conducted a low-yield test of an atomic weapon whose explosive power measured 0.48 kilotons.
The missile threats
By October 2017, North Korea announced it would fire a nuclear-tipped missile at the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific.
“We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the U.S. Territory of Guam,” said the Korean Central News Agency.
They explained it was their “determination that the U.S. should be tamed with fire and let us take our hand closer to the ‘trigger’ for taking the toughest countermeasure.”
Then, on a sleepy Saturday morning last January, Americans living in Hawaii woke to chirping cellphones flashing a screaming message from the state’s Emergency Alert System:
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
The alert was an egregious false alarm.
Blame America first
Amid all the nuclear saber-rattling by Kim Jong-un, the New York Times editorial board was far more concerned with President Donald Trump’s “fitness” to lead our nation:
“He [Trump] has threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea. He has reportedly pressed for a massive buildup in the American nuclear arsenal, which already contains too many – 4,000 – warheads… But nothing he said has been quite as unsettling as his recent tweetstorms about North Korea, his warnings of ‘fire and fury’ and his quip about ‘the calm before the storm.’”
The Times’s point, of course, was that President Trump, not the short and porkulent North Korean dictator, was the one “unsettling” things.
To friend and foe alike
In reality, Trump simply told “rocket man” what President John F. Kennedy told the Russians during the Cuban Missile Crisis: U.S. retaliation for a nuclear strike by North Korea on American territory or that of its allies would result in that country’s complete and utter annihilation.
“Mr. Trump’s aggressive posture is mostly theater,” the Times editorial continued, “designed to slake his thirst for attention, keep adversaries off guard and force changes in their behavior with words alone.”
And that strategy appears to have worked. Rocket Man said he would agree to meet President Trump to discuss North Korea’s “denuclearization.”
Running out of cash
As you may have noticed from the timeline above, North Korean nuclear milestones tend to occur around the month of October.
So, it’s a little ironic that this coming October North Korea will go flat broke.
South Korean legislator Kang Seok-ho told his fellow lawmakers,
“I received an analysis that if international sanctions against the North continue like this, all of North Korea’s foreign currency earnings and overseas assets will be frozen, and its dollar [reserves] will dry up around October,” Fox News reported.
The report added that North Korean troops are foraging for food in forests and pillaging supplies from the country’s poor and brutalized subjects.
Chung Eui-young, a South Korean official who was in meetings at the White House, told reporters Kim Jong-un:
“expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.”
The White House said the president will likely meet the North Korean dictator sometime in May, though it was not clear where the meeting will take place.
“No missile testing by North Korea during this period of time,” Trump tweeted. “… Sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached.”
North Korean dictators have played U.S. leaders for decades, with the West sending the Hermit Kingdom billions of dollars in humanitarian and financial aid, while it developed the nuclear weapons it now uses to threaten us.
Let them eat their missiles
It’s likely North Korea will demand U.S. military concessions. They will want either a drawdown in U.S. conventional forces on the Korean peninsula or a reduction of our strategic nuclear arsenal.
All in exchange for dubious promises to “denuclearize.”
Trump should turn the tables on North Korea for once, tightening economic sanctions on the rogue regime while stringing them along with pointless diplomatic talks.
Let’s see what happens when Kim Jong-un’s regime runs out of scratch and no one in the West bails them out.
Socialism killed a nuclearized Soviet Union in 1991. Socialism will kill a nuclearized North Korea… if we only let it.
Top image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/kim/
Visitors bowing in a show of respect for North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansudae (Mansu Hill) in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong-un inset, Blue House (Republic of Korea)