The deal is not done yet, but the regime in North Korea is truly humbling themselves to convince Trump to meet.
Justin Raimondo has a scathing column calling out the mainstream media (whether liberal or neo-con) for wanting North Korea denuclearization to fail to make Donald Trump look bad (“The Korea Summit: Skeptics Gloated Too Soon“). In doing so he posts the North Korean letter with his comments interspersed. There is no ambiguity. In pulling out of the summit Donald Trump scored a victory that makes peace more likely.
That’s because it didn’t take long for the North Koreans to cave. Never mind what the US media says about Pyongyang’s response: see for yourself the statement of North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan. It is conciliatory, albeit a bit reproachful, and exudes genuine hurt: one almost feels like offering the vice minister a safe space, a hug, and a box of crayons:
“As far as the historic DPRK-U.S. summit is concerned, we have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other U.S. presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit. His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we cannot but feel great regret for it.”
In the history of the Kim dynasty – starting with Kim Il-sung, the founder, succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-il, and now the third Kim, Jong-un – how often have the North Koreans expressed regret over anything that could be traced back to their own actions? I can guarantee you that Never! is the correct answer to that question.
Even more astonishingly, the regretful vice minister gets as dewy-eyed as a damsel who’s just been dumped by her prince as he explores the rationale behind this sudden breakup:
“It is hard to guess the reasons. It could be that he lacked the will for the summit or he might not have felt confident. But for our part, we have exerted sincere efforts, raising hope that the historic DPRK-U.S. Summit meeting and talks themselves would mark a meaningful starting point for peace and security in the region and the world and the improvement of the bilateral relations as the first step forward to settling the issue through dialogue.”
Note the subtle digs embedded in the mournful prose: Trump “lacked the will”! Ah, but not the North Koreans, those incredibly sincere and persistently peaceful people, who are forging ahead in their quest for a “starting point for peace and prosperity.”
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