Pyongyang (GPA) – The talks between the leaders of North and South Korea have apparently resulted in a promise by Kim Jong Un for the DPRK to denuclearize if the US stands down.
In a grand gesture, Kim Jong Un has promised that he would take concrete measures towards getting the DPRK to denuclearize in exchange for the US recognizing an official peace treaty ending the Korean War. If this promise wasn’t enough, Kim even offered to allow US inspectors and journalists to witness him close down his only known underground nuclear facility next month as a gesture of goodwill.
Kim explained the reasoning behind this offer when he apparently told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he fully understands the misguided perception of him in the west, saying: “I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific or at the United States,” according to Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman for Moon’s office.
With the public announcement of this new offer by Kim, many have assumed he also made his willingness to disarm known to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during meetings between the two last week. In light of these developments, Pompeo spent the weekend telling the media that he believes there is a very real possibility of finding an agreeable path to denuclearization.
Pompeo made clear, however, that in order for the US to agree for the disarmament process it would have to be proven to be “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.” Kim, fully aware of Washington’s demands, apparently told Moon that despite the fact that “Some say that we are terminating facilities that are not functioning,” the DPRK would also show international observers “two more tunnels that are bigger than the existing ones and that they are in good condition,” hinting that he’d be willing to close facilities the Pentagon may not even be aware of.
Kim also expressed a willingness to arrange a future meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While Abe did not comment on any details of future diplomacy with Pyongyang but only that he “would like to thank [President Moon] for his sincerity” in pursuing peace on the Peninsula.
The North Needs Guaranteed Safety
While all of this is good news as a major step towards finally ending a 65-year standoff on the Korean Peninsula, Kim still no doubt knows he has to remain vigilant in dealing with the Trump Regime. Mike Pompeo may be speaking highly of negotiations now but in the past year, he has spoken of a possible attack on the DPRK and just within the last month has said he could imagine a ground invasion of the country.
Besides Pompeo, Kim will have to watch for other members of the strange cast of characters that composes the Trump regime which includes a host of notoriously bloodthirsty hawks who were too violent to serve in past US regimes. Most notable among this group of fanatics is John Bolton.
Bolton – also known as the only man who still supports Bush Junior’s Iraq war – has made some ominous comments on the Korea negotiations, saying that he thinks the agreement for the disarmament of Libya could serve as a model for Korea. This should be frightening to anyone familiar with Libya’s destruction by the Obama Regime. Libya was unable to deter a NATO bombing campaign during the “Arab Spring” after disarming, which has been cited by Kim Jong Un as the reason for his weapons program.
There is no doubt that Kim Jong Un is sincere in pursuing nuclear disarmament as well as some kind of reunification of the Peninsula since this has been the goal of his nation since its founding. This is would be a monumental task in any circumstances but the thirty-something-year-old leader is up against an exceptionally violent US regime, making negotiations a complicated dance. Whatever Kim does, there is no doubt that his country’s security will be on his mind, and for good reason.