The highly anticipated summit meeting with North Korea has come to a screeching halt, after Choe Son-hui, a North Korean vice foreign minister, publicly threatened America exclaiming, “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”
Those incendiary words immediately drew a response from the President announcing that the United States is pulling out of the scheduled June 12th meeting in Singapore.
The announcement on Thursday followed a letter sent earlier by the White House to the North Korean despot; “Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
The Presidents “back-hand” to the pint-sized portly dictator was eerily similar to President Reagan’s Reykjavik Summit in 1986, with Russian Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan had established a good personal relationship with the Soviet leader, and everything seemed to be moving towards a unilateral agreement to eliminate all new strategic missiles, until the Russian leader demanded that Reagan give up development of the rumored missile defense shield that America was developing, or so the Russians believed.
In actuality SDI, later dubbed “Star Wars” was Reagan’s vision of an invisible protective shield around America, protecting it from nuclear attack and although it was perhaps many decades away from becoming a viable defensive weapon, President Reagan nevertheless would not capitulate to Gorbachev’s demand, and the negotiations broke down without a final agreement.
President Trump finds himself in similar circumstances however with a more unstable régime, and perhaps that’s the reason why the President is using the “carrot and stick” approach with Kim Jong-un.
He announced during a White House news conference that the U.S. will continue its “maximum pressure campaign” and warned the military is “ready if necessary.” “Likewise, I’ve spoken with South Korea and Japan, and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they’re willing to shoulder much of the costs associated by operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us.”
Then adding; “Very strong sanctions” and the “maximum pressure campaign will continue.”
Moments later the President handed the pudgy dictator his carrot explaining; “Hopefully everything is going to work out well with North Korea. A lot of things can happen, including the fact, it’s possible the existing summit could take place, or a summit at a later date.”
Adding; “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right.”
The President also made it clear that nothing was given up on our side, the crippling sanctions are still in place, the three American hostages were returned in good health without a penny being spent as ransom, and the military option is still on the table, if Kim decides to continue on his destructive path.
Moreover if he does continue, the President has already warned that the same faith that befell Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, awaits Kim Jong-un.