A post here in March “American President ‘Donald Trump’ verses North Korean Supreme Leader ‘Kim Jong-un’ – the fight of the century?” outlined the situation with a then proposed meeting with North Korea and the prospects of a successful outcome
Well, last Tuesday, Donald Trump, an overweight [if not obese] fast-food addict [not least burgers & soda?], a golf obsessed, moronic president, finally in an ON-OFF-ON so-called Singapore ‘summit’, met with Kim Jong-un, an obese binge-eating [not least Swiss cheese & rosti potato fritters – while plotting against the West?],ex-basketball & ex-weightlifter exerciser, murderous supreme leader, that supposedly made the ‘World safer’ with North Korea ‘no longer a nuclear threat’ [according to Trump], or has halted extreme hostile relations and military actions with the US plus created the conditions for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. [according to Kim] – what a load of balderdash , eh? Trump has achieved bugger all, and he, the intelligence community, and the ones who really run things, fully know it?
Oh yes, this pair are very different beasts, if even somewhat despicable individual types, aren’t they? Yes, we have in Kim, [1 wife (0 divorces) 0 children], a man banning in his country of any form of social media or communication freedom, a zealous denier of any level of human rights, while being a ‘fine wine’ quaffer himself (despite harsh dictator’ing over an increasingly impoverished nation), verses Trump, [3 wives (2 divorces) 5 children] a man in his country, being a compulsive serial tweeter and false news manipulator, a supposed avid defender of human rights (but ‘shrugged-off’ when meeting with Kim?), while being predominately a teetotaler [indeed USA ‘only just’ in the top fifty for alcohol consumption, but third for use of opiates (like morphine), eh?].
Those of us who watched Trump’s post meeting press-conference were certainly non-overawed by his personalised view of the outcome, as any of us could have written the words in advance, couldn’t we? Yep, there was no-way he was going to say anything but that it was a ‘roaring success’, was there? No, so it was a typical outpouring of boasting self-importance and half truths that demeans his great office. [Experts say Kim Jong Un got the better of Trump at their meeting and it was an astounding diplomatic victory for him as leader].
[Just remember the old adage ‘No plan survives contact with the enemy’ (meaning of course as clearer in its original version ‘No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force’].
One absurd verbal claim from Trump was that Kim had agreed to ‘verifiable’ North Korean de-nuclearisation [note that they had pledged to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula in virtually all agreements since 1992]. One can only assume that Trump wanted at least that again but that Kim told him to piss-off, eh? The main 4-point joint communiqué only goes as far as recording North Korea’s ‘commitment to work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula’ – whatever anyone can make of any such a vague objective. [The glaring omission of the words ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible’ regarding North Korean denuclearisation must mean that North Korean will be totally resistant to such essential US requests].
Furthermore, the agreement didn’t even cover the more significant and pressing issue of undoing, halting, or limiting missile development that would allow North Korea to deliver a nuclear bomb anywhere in the World (if they don’t already have it?).
We all know that Kim has no intention of either completely give-up nuclear weapons, nor intercontinental missiles, nor fully declare his nuclear stockpile, nor accept international verification inspections, don’t we?
Kim has now appeared ‘as an equal’ on the World stage and negotiated with the US President – the ONLY North Korean leader EVER to have achieved that. Why is it? Because he has deliverable nuclear weapons, silly? That is why he will NEVER ever give them all up, though he may shut down some redundant or disposable nuclear facilities ,temporarily halt his nuclear programme, and give up some of his arsenal, but that is all and then only if he gets aid and sanction removal on the way.
America under three Presidents [Carter, Clinton, Bush] has spent a quarter of a century making agreements [say about 10?] with North Korea’s reclusive Kim dynasty dictatorships to abandon their nuclear programmes, and Trump’s latest attempt falls even well short of the US’s previous thought solid ‘agreements’ that have nevertheless sunk like a stone.
Who is laughing their cotton socks off at these shenanigans of Kim with Trump, then? Well, China of course [North Korea’s biggest (only?) ally], as they got everything they could have wanted and they were certain anyway to come out of it all a winner, whatever? Make no mistake about it will you, but China is in the wings on any of these negotiations – you see, they find North Korea a useful buffer between the West and themselves (whether or not their neighbours have a nuclear capability – it doesn’t threaten them, does it?), and they don’t want war on their border. What they are hoping for is an agreement secured by Kim that follows their previous devious subterfuges on denuclearisation, which nevertheless allows North Korea to reform to increase its wealth and self-sufficiency, while requiring America to scale down their military involvement within the region so allow China to remain the dominant one there.
Trump announced at the press conference ,other ‘side-agreements’ he had given Kim – he is to cancel the crucial annual joint military exercises with South Korea– indeed without getting anything whatsoever from Kim in return. Furthermore, he has agreed to seek to eventually close down US military bases in South Korea and bring troops home [leaving South Korea vulnerable?].
These were in reality massive concessions and a great shock to an unsuspecting South Korea (and Japan),as well as at home the Pentagon and US policy makers [both these unreciprocated giveaway items of course keenly sought by North Korea and China].
The next thing that North Korea will have in its sights is to have America withdraw their powerful high-altitude area defence anti-missile system (Thaad), that was installed in South Korea just last year to protect it from a North attack – but China, having it on their doorstep, sees it as also a threat to their military authority. No doubt, Kim will offer to destroy some nuclear capability as a ‘quid pro quo’ – will Trump fall for it, and further pull the rug from under South Korea’s feet, do you think?
[As many of us feared President Donald Trump has proved to be a crass negotiator of breathtaking naivety when it comes to international politics]
The agreement that Trump and Kim made consists of four main points:
- The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity. (DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.)
- The US and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018, Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
- The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.