After Trump took N Korean silence and hostility as a sign they didn’t want to meet or were playing hardball, not seeking dialogue on denuclearization, Kim sent word…
Martha MacCallum has the surprising developments on top of the surprises we already saw from the White House in the announcement that the summit with North Korea had been called off. It appears that Kim Jong Un may have overplayed his hand a bit, and is now trying to work his way back into a position where he could wind up meeting with President Trump.
In a statement issued by the North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwam, the North apparently sought to repair the damage done, stating, “We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the US and resolve issues any time and in any format.”
Kim continued, “Our commitment to doing our best for the sake of peace and stability for the world and the Korean Peninsula remains unchanged, and we are open-minded in giving time and opportunity to the US.”
MacCallum draws attention to the last part of the statement in which Kim Kye-Gwam stated, “I want to conclude that President Trump’s stance on the North-US Summit does not meet the world’s desire for peace and stability both in the world and on the Korean Peninsula.”
He explains, “The tremendous anger and open hostility that President Trump mentioned is just a backlash in response to a unilateral denuclearization being pushed ahead of the planned North-US summit.”
The statement by Kim Kye-Gwam was carried on the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) several hours after President Trump announced he would not be attending. He called for the US to “deeply deliberate” the move and what the results of not meeting might be and the potential progress that is being forfeited.
Adopting a somewhat conciliatory tone, he said, “The unfortunate situation depicts how severe the present reality of the DPRK-U.S. hostile relations….and how much the summit is acutely necessary for the improvement of the relation.” He characterized the “tremendous anger and open hostility” as “nothing more than the opposition to the U.S. inordinate behaviors and statement which forces the unilateral discarding of nuclear arsenals ahead of the DPRK-U.S. summit.”
Kim stated that Pyongyang “highly appreciated” President Trump’s summit efforts, “but his abrupt and unilateral cancellation of the summit is unexpected thing from our side, and we can’t help to consider it as very regretful.”
He added that the DPRK-U.S. summit would have served as the “first step for resolving an issue through dialogue” and that they had an “expectation that the Trump model will be the sagacious measure of relieving mutual concerns, corresponding to our requirements and make substantial progress in resolving the problem.”
Noting that “Our chairman of State Affairs Commission has made every endeavor to prepare for it saying a good start can be made if he can meet President Trump,” it sounds as if they want to have another crack at getting together.
If he can believe that the North Koreans are serious and that denuclearization is on the table and that we are not just being played for time and concessions, Trump may want to consider giving them that chance. The alternatives are less attractive and doing so not only could make the world a better place, but has the added important benefit of really pissing off John McCain.
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