North Korea Faces Sad Reality Of Deals With U.S.

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North Korea Faces Sad Reality Of Deals With U.S.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing documents during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore on June 12. FILE IMAGE: REUTERS

North Korea condemns US over not lifting the sanctions against the country.

In a statement, published on August 9th, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it had made various gestures of goodwill and despite them the US is still following an “outdated acting script”, not stopping its demands for denuclearization before the lifting of the sanctions.

Pyongyang said that it had taken “such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire” and “broadminded measures” such as the repatriation of US Korean War remains, however “the US responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against (North Korea).”

The statement, as cited by CNN, did not blame Trump, it singled out some “some high-level officials within the US administration,” who said were going against the President’s will.

“Now the issue in question is that, going against the intention of president Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, some high-level officials within the U.S. administration are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions and pressure,” the statement read.

It further spoke that expecting positive results, while insulting North Korea and “throwing cold water over [North Korea’s] sincere efforts to building confidence”, efforts that can be viewed as implementing the DPRK-US joint statement, is a foolish act.

However, the statement also included Pyongyang intention to hold up its part of the agreement. “We remain unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. and to build trust and implement in good faith the DPRK-U.S. joint statement step by step. The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our sincere efforts in a corresponding manner,” it said.

North Korea insisted that the US reciprocates its goodwill gestures. US responded with Trump cancelling the Freedom Guardian military drill that was due to happen in August with South Korea. However, he dismissed calls to ease the sanctions until the commitment to denuclearization is entirely fulfilled.

However, US National Security adviser John Bolton on August 7th, said that North Korea had not begun to progress, while US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington was “not willing to wait for too long” for the North. On August 4th, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that it was important to maintain “diplomatic and economic pressure” on North Korea.

BBC, cited Seoul’s customs office, which said that the sanctions on North Korea were allegedly breached. The latest North Korean coal and iron imports had first been shipped to Russia to hide their origin. Supposedly, three companies were hoping to make a large profit, as the price of North Korean products fell after the introduction of the UN sanctions. The UN has previously responded to ships violating the sanctions by imposing a ban from visiting any global port.

The sanctions against North Korea have been imposed since the country’s first nuclear weapons test in 2006. The UN has released a number of resolutions banning exports and imports of various goods, limiting the entry of crude oil, etc.

The US also imposed its own set of sanctions, which are to be lifted after the complete denuclearization of North Korea. This was agreed during the Trump-Kim summit on June 12th, 2018.

Furthermore, August 13th is to hold a meeting between South and North Korea. Both Koreas have expressed their wishes to end the Korean war. North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun early on August 9th said that ending the Korean War is “the first process for ensuring peace and security not only in the Korean peninsula but also in the region and the world.”

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  • chris chuba

    This is the problem with vague agreements. I kind of thought that this would be followed up with something more detailed like the JCPOA but I guess not.

    We are in the zone of one goodwill gesture is supposed to be followed up by another goodwill gesture; yikes. Yet another fail with N. Korea, the country that should have been the easiest country of all to negotiate with. What do they want? Security, they have no expansion plans. What do we want? no nukes. Talk about a straightforward transaction but we do not want to give them anything in return.

    • ruca

      Well said. They have survived for decades because they didn’t trust the zionists. I don’t believe that they will suddenly give it all away. They understand the scope of deceit facing them. US of Arrogance will pretend to have a carrot and NK will say that they’re not hungry. They don’t any more testing because they are confident that everything works. They are playing the US very well. Kudos to Kim and his advisers.

    • Sinbad2

      The NK nukes are not the issue for the US, that’s just a story to keep the mushrooms back home well fed on BS.
      For the US it’s about having troops on the Asian flank of Russia, and of course China.
      If you want to rule the world like America does, you have to have the ability to quell any and all opposition to your rule.

      Why do you think the US occupied Korea at the end of WWII?
      America has always wanted to rule the world, they are the master race don’t you know.

  • TiredOfBsToo

    There was always going to be a problem with any agreement made between the 2 sides. The main problem being the US. The Russians hit the nail on the head when they stated that the US is not agreement capable; I would add that it’s an understatement. A simple look at how the US abandons agreements on a whim, JCPOA, what happened to countries that followed through on their agreements such as Iraq, Libya and the abrogation of the INF treaty with Russia by the US. One could also look at the funding of terrorists as proxy forces to overthrow governments they seek to destroy such as Afghanistan, Syria……..

    North Korea expected too much. The only thing the US understands is complete capitulation of a targeted country for the theft of it’s resources and the use of the land for new military bases aimed at the next targeted country.

  • Ivan Freely

    Have the elites running North Korea finally understand the nature of the beast? A part of me wondered if the North Korean elites didn’t accept the warnings from their Chinese counterparts.

  • zman

    Well, Kim…join the club. The club of those who made agreements with the US and found that they don’t just make them, they break them…always. It appears they only make deals so they can break them. Big surprise, huh?

  • Attrition47

    The US head-choppers were always going to follow the policy of capitulation before “negotiation”.

  • RichardD

    The US and NK definitions of denuclearization are far apart. The US definition is that NK disarms and accepts worthless US “security guarantees” that no rational person in politics would trust given US history. The NK definition is verifiable arms reduction/limitations along the lines of US/Soviet/Russian arms controls agreements. Which is clearly the sensible approach.