Korea diplomacy changes under Trump

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 1, 2018

During a forum Cha hosted at CSIS in September, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned that the Trump administration should not "ramp up the rhetoric".

Mr Matsegora recently explained that Russian specialists told him that Kim Jong-un was massively increasing his military might and that Donald Trump should think twice before making good on his promise to deliver "fire and fury". What are your thoughts about this statement? North Korea's rights rights record is heavily criticised by both the United States and the United Nations, and it is estimated to have up to 120,000 political prisoners in its sprawling gulag system.

Trump's comments also come amid reports of the White House's decision to pass over Victor Cha's nomination for USA ambassador to South Korea. This is a serious thing to say.

From now on, said Trump, "We expect trading relationships to be fair and very importantly reciprocal".

Trump's foreign policy over the first year has been in flux.

The objective of Trump's strategy, which was reportedly signed off by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and National Security Council senior director for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger, was to bring North Korea to the negotiation table through measures like sanctions, and not making concessions on the regime's own terms. This is unfair to the hockey players, who had been preparing for a long time, and they surely don't want to lose in the name of bilateral relations.

It has got to a much more unsafe point at this stage, and I think the greatest danger here is Trump's potential response.

Eight days before the opening ceremony, the athletes were among a delegation that landed in Gangneung, on South Korea's east coast, after a rare direct flight between the two halves of the divided peninsula - for which a special exemption had to be sought from USA sanctions.

In September 2017, North Korea spread claims that they had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, and according to NPR, "leader Kim Jong Un personally signed off on the test".

As of Wednesday 799,000 out of 1.18 million tickets available had been sold, or 68 percent, with chief organiser Lee Hee-Beom admitting: "We have many expensive tickets left, so we need some emergency measures to boost ticket sales".

Pompeo said it could be just a " handful of months" before North Korea might be able to demonstrate the capability to put a warhead on a missile that could reach the US.

"When I was under consideration for a position in this administration, I shared some of these views", he added.

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on January 23 that President Trump has "made a significant difference" in moving talks forward with North Korea. Obviously, they could make a strike on Washington or NY, that would be a rather different affair than if they could just aim it, you know, at the less heavily populated bits of Nevada.

What does this say about the North Korea policy of the Trump "era"? But while the whole world, on the eve of the Olympics, naively believes the suddenly "softened" North Korean leader, he consistently implements his "Napoleonic" ambitions.

"We have yet to nominate anyone for the post, but it is our intention to do so as soon as we can find the appropriate candidate", said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

RS: Wouldn't it be logical to put forward this line: "Go ahead and develop your little weapons, because this is what we're going to do if you are ever to use them?"

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