Will the intractable Kim Jong-un want to meet with the American president again?
The Biden administration pondered for a hundred days what it would do with the Chairman of the DPRK State Council, Kim Jong-un. And, it seems, she didn’t come up with anything. Meanwhile, the North Koreans, even during the Obama presidency, created an atomic bomb and learned how to pack nuclear charges into the warheads of ballistic missiles that can reach US territory.
Two years ago in Hanoi, Donald Trump promised “his friend Kim” the lifting of sanctions in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but … he cheated. Kim Jong-un realized this and in response, by the end of 2019, launched two dozen missiles for various purposes.
As Japanese writes Asia Nikkei, the Biden administration rejected the “big deal” option that Trump wanted to tame Kim Jong-un. And the sanctions have survived.
After his first hundred days, the American president, speaking in front of both chambers of the American Congress, announced that he would counter the nuclear threats posed by the DPRK with the help of “Diplomacy and strong containment”…
There was little specificity in this statement. The heads of the Foreign Ministries of the G7 who were gathering in London did not add it either. In the absence of representatives of the DPRK, they agreed on its denuclearization “In accordance with the UN Security Council resolution”… And they left in force all the sanctions of Australia, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, the United States and the UN Security Council against this country with a population of 25 million people.
The omissions in Biden’s stated position are too noticeable. IN Middlebury Institute for International Studies think that “It is very difficult to understand at first glance what the White House has announced.”… According to Jane Psaki, after recognizing the previous White House policy towards North Korea as erroneous, the Biden administration “Calls for a graduated, practical approach with open diplomacy with the DPRK in order to make progress in improving the security of the United States, its allies and forces deployed in the region.”… And what else to “improve” if there are more than 30 US military bases in neighboring Japan? At the same time, Washington is engaged in “open diplomacy” with South Korea and Japan, and has not been able to get in touch with Pyongyang for several months.
The step-by-step approach to solving the problem of nuclear security on the Korean Peninsula is not new. The United States tried to do something else under George W. Bush. Then, in addition to Japan and South Korea, China and Russia took part in the discussion of the problem. The Bush administration then excluded Pyongyang from the list of countries supporting terrorism and weakened some sanctions, while the DPRK stopped a number of nuclear facilities … You have to understand (according to Psaki), this was also wrong.
The DPRK reacted sharply to Washington’s gestures, stating that Biden’s position towards Pyongyang remained hostile. The big mistake of the American president is to view the DPRK’s nuclear program as a threat, exacerbating the crisis and taking it out of control, Pyongyang said.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga recently met with the new US President. For him on May 21, South Korean President Moon Jae In will arrive in Washington. Will be discussed QUAD (Quadripartite Security Dialogue), in particular, the military maneuvers “Malabar”, in which ships, submarines, helicopters, aircraft and other equipment of four states take part annually: Australia, India, the USA and Japan. The four are unofficially called “Asian NATO”, and if South Korea can be persuaded, the “square” may have a “fifth corner”. True, Japan and South Korea have had difficult relations for a long time. They worsened even more with the coming to power in South Korea of President Moon Jae-in. The latter actualized the problem of “comfort women” (sex slaves) during the Japanese occupation of Korea, although in 2015 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and then South Korean President Park Geun-hye declared that the problem was closed: Japan made an official apology and transmitted almost 9 million dollars to the War Crimes Victims Fund. At the same time, it has tightened control over the export to South Korea of certain types of nanomaterials required for the production of semiconductors and displays.
Security issues are understood differently in Washington and Seoul. For Washington, the North Korean intercontinental “Hwaseons”, covering any point in the United States, became a headache, and the heavy artillery of the North Koreans will reach Seoul. Therefore, in Seoul, the least excitement around the “human rights” among the neighbors. When the presidential term of Moon Jae In, the most anti-Japanese president of South Korea, expires in the spring of next year, and Suga, who does not want to deal with Moon, leaves the post of Prime Minister of Japan, the problems for the US administration on the Korean Peninsula will not diminish. After all, it is not known whether the intractable Kim Jong-un will want to meet with the President of the United States again.
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