Following up on History
In my last piece written on April 27, 2018, one or two bits were left out for your amusement and critical thinking skills. Chronically, they are with a whole lot of meaning. One, of course, lends its direction to how often these Korean tactics have been either used or attempted to be put into use.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong-un.
Mattis and Defense Minister Song Young-moo said they were committed to “a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the North, according to the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White. Mattis also reaffirmed “the ironclad U.S. commitment” to defend its ally “using the full spectrum of U.S. capabilities.”
This is from the Associated Press (AP) and one would expect such reporting in advance of a historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. Trump tweeted Saturday that he had “a long and very good talk” with President Moon Jae-in. He also said he updated Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, about “the ongoing negotiations” for an anticipated summit with Kim, tentatively scheduled for May or early June.
“It is still unclear whether North Korea still believes that it can have its cake and eat it too,” said Victor Cha, who until January had been in the running to become Trump’s choice for ambassador to South Korea.
At a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Trump basked in the afterglow of the meeting between Kim and Moon and said he has a responsibility to try to achieve peace and denuclearization.
This is a clear key for J. William Blakely, my friend and an advisor on matters of foreign policy out of Annapolis Maryland and me. However, what he did advise me on is how President Trump has flown his business and political power since the beginning of the year, 2018.
Blakely says, “things cannot be all that altruistic when in one week he’s courting the President of France around Washington, then at the same time has envoys in North and South Korea and Japan while he is in Washington speaking with Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany.”
Furthermore claiming, “all of this discussion seems to have its way back to the Iran Plan,” forming quite an alliance to make worldwide changes to the Agreement that former President Barack Obama haphazardly wielded this nation into.
North Korea has already called a halt to nuclear and long-range missile tests, which has helped dial down tensions significantly.
North Korea was hit with unprecedented economic restrictions during 2017 when the U.S. and North Korean leaders traded threats while Kim pushed his nation to the verge of being able to fire a nuclear-tipped missile at the U.S. mainland.
Trump said in the Oval Office. “We’re not going to be played, OK. We’re going to hopefully make a deal. The United States in the past has been played like a fiddle.”