U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a meeting regarding North Korea on Monday. We learned what it’s going to take to get a productive conversation with North Korea in motion. But North Korea has some thoughts of their own.
North Korea claims that they are willing to negotiate regarding the advancement of their nuclear program, but the United States would have to give up a key strategic advantage first. In a statement reported by Reuters, the North Korean government restated Pyongyang’s stance that it would never negotiate on their nuclear ambitions as long as the United States “maintains a hostile policy against the North.”
Kim Jong-un’s regime went on to saber-rattle, “There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean,” KCNA said.”
Secretary of State Tillerson, speaking at a regional security forum, assured Washington that there is only one condition that North Korea has to meet if they want a peaceful resolution — they need to stop launching missiles. “We do not want to have to go to war with North Korea, but if they keep saying things like, ‘There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean,’ confrontation is inevitable.”
This news comes after the U.N. Security Council put the toughest sanctions yet on Pyongyang due to their reckless and threatening missile testing in July. Even Russia and China approved the sanctions, showing that this is not a game — everyone wants North Korea to stop issuing threats and acting in an antagonistic manner.
Tillerson states that: “When the conditions are right, then we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea, so they feel secure and prosper economically.”
He went on to say, “The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.” It seems like a reasonable request, and it would be in North Korea’s best interest to take advantage of the offer while it still stands.
North Korea has yet to respond to the message put forward by Tillerson, but they did have something to say about the new UN sanctions. North Korea warned that if we attacked them, we would be taught a “severe lesson.”
The goal of the sanctions on North Korea is to persuade them to stop their quest to develop a nuclear weapon. The commonly held thoughts are that if their supplies are cut off, there isn’t much they can do, and they will succumb quickly.
There is no doubt that this move by the UN Security Council is going to hurt Kim Jong-un and North Korea as a whole. Due to the sanctions, they are losing 3 billion dollars in export revenue, which is no laughing matter for the small country.
The UN has placed crippling sanctions on North Korea over their nuclear ambitions, and China has issued a strong statement meant to deter them from their quest. Do you believe that Kim Jong-un will ever come to the negotiating table in an honest manner?
Former President Obama let North Korea skirt by without much of an issue, but President Trump is refusing to let Kim get the capabilities to win a war on any front. Kim has been quietly working on getting more missiles and setting the country up for an attack against anyone who crosses him.
The world is getting uneasy as North Korea refuses to acquiesce to the global demand to abandon their nuclear program. Japan and South Korea have become particularly concerned with the North Korean dictator and his unpredictable nature.
It is hard to say where the talks with North Korea will go from here. By imposing these sanctions, the world community has set them up for failure. Their best bet would be just to quit while they are ahead.