North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests and threatened to fire missiles at the US. Now, Pyongyang might have finally succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon so that it can fit onto an intercontinental missile- a long dreaded moment for the US and its Asian allies.
Kim Jong-Un’s regime is demanding representatives from the Kremlin be involved if Pyongyang and Washington negotiate. Vitaly Pashin, a member of Russia’s State Duma claimed Kim is ready to talk to the Trump administration just days after launching a missile capable of reaching the US mainland. He told Russian news agency that Kim is ready and willing to talk to President Donald Trump, but the Putin administration will be called in.
Talks between Trump and Kim have so far been limited to saber-rattling threats over social media and through state propaganda. Trump has repeatedly branded Kim “little Rocket Man” and the Kim has fired back, calling the US President a “dotard”.
Kim has refused to stop his nuclear weapons program and has been test-firing over Japan – repeatedly violating UN Security Council resolutions. The regime claimed it could hit the mainland US with a nuke and threatened to attack Guam, a US overseas territory. Trump promised he would “deal with” North Korea and bring “fire and fury” upon it if the US is threatened.
On December 5, Russian Royal Marines were deployed to the North Korean border. Then, Moscow refused to cut ties with Kim and attacked the U.S and its “provocation”.
“It’s as if the recent actions of the United States are consciously directed to provoke Pyongyang towards other radical actions.” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Pashin echoed the sentiment, claiming the North is looking for allies and has been backed into a corner by U.S actions.
“The North Korean leadership noted that the country is regularly subjected to external aggression on the part of the U.S.,” said Pashin. According to North Korean representatives, they were forced to demonstrate the ability to adequately respond to any aggression from the U.S, the ability to strike at any territory of America.
But Trump has a strategy which has been named “the bloody-nose strategy” in which the U.S sends over a missile or nuclear bomb against a North Korean facility to “bloody Pyongyang’s nose” and show them the price of North Korea’s behavior such as testing missiles and such and such. Fortunately, it has not needed to be used yet.
“We are against the escalation of the conflict and for a peaceful resolution of the issue through negotiations. Pashin said, I fully support the position of our president and the Foreign Ministry on the issue.”
As tensions increase, we continue to await the actions of President Trump and Kim Jong Un and we hope that they can come to an agreement.
However, North Korea’s and South Korea’s talks have shown promise. In talks held at the border village of Panmunjom, North Korean negotiators quickly accepted South Korea’s request to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, according to South Korean news reports. In addition to the athletes, the North will send a cheering squad and a performance-art troupe. The event will be the first time North Korea has participated in the Winter Games in eight years. The country has competed in every Summer Olympics since 1972, except the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and the 1988 Games in Seoul, both of which it boycotted. In fact, the North’s attendance will be a historic development in inter-Korean sports exchanges.
North Korea not only shunned the 1988 Seoul Olympics but also tried to disrupt them after talks on co-hosting them fell apart. Their agents planted a bomb on a Korean Air passenger plane in 1987 in a terrorist attack that South Korea said was aimed at sabotaging the 1988 Olympics. All 115 people on board were killed.
Fortunately, North Korea and South Korea have come to an agreement for North Korea to send a large delegation to them. South Korea hopes that the talks at Panmunjom will lead to other moves to ease tensions, like temporary reunions of elderly people in both Koreas who have been separated from family members since the Korean War.