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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  March 10, 2018
  2. Patzcuaro

     /  March 10, 2018

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  March 10, 2018

    After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth by certain leftward leaners, it appears the Donald is reaching a successful conclusion to his N Korea plan.

    “Kim Jong Un talked about de-nuclearisation with the South Korean representatives, not just a freeze,” he tweeted. “Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”

    Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the US National Security Council under Barack Obama, said the meeting was a “mistake”.

    “This move is vanity over strategy,” he said. “It validates and advances Kim’s goal of being recognised as a de facto nuclear state. You don’t give away a presidential meeting for nothing. What did we get for this? Nothing.”

    South Korean officials, however, say they have extracted a number of concessions from the North. Among them is that Pyongyang would not object to routine large-scale joint military exercises that the US has already once delayed to accommodate the Winter Olympics. They are due to resume next month.

    Mr Chung also confirmed that Mr Kim said in their meeting that he was “committed to de-nuclearisation”, and implied that South Korea would continue to support sanctions.

    “The pressure will continue until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions,” he said.

    The US has led a worldwide pressure campaign against North Korea for more than a year, squeezing its access to revenues by spearheading economic sanctions at the UN, imposing bilateral penalties and pushing allies to go beyond the scope of the UN restrictions. 

    • Gezza

       /  March 10, 2018

      The irony of the country which weaponises as many other countries as it wants to getting pissed off at the realisation they aren’t the only country allowed to have military bases anywhere they want to.

    • Gezza

       /  March 10, 2018

      Wonder why that didn’t display? Trying another link