North Korean Leader Says Willing to Talk Denuclearization- Is It Genuine?

 In Foreign, Politics

Recent news reports have stated that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is now willing to talk about dumping its nuclear agenda if his regime is guaranteed safety. He has also expressed the possibility of re-unification between North and South, and promised not to use an nuclear weapons against South Korea as well. Talks regarding this issue will occur in April.

Yonhap news in South Korea reported,

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed a willingness to talk to the United States to discuss denuclearization, an official of South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

Kim made the suggestion during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys, who were in Pyongyang for a two-day visit starting Monday, the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

“Chairman Kim said that even denuclearization could be among the agenda items for talks between North Korea and the U.S.,” he said. “What drew our attention, in particular, is that he made clear that achieving denuclearization is his father’s dying wish and that it has not been changed at all.

So here we are: do we believe this? If we do, was it because President Trump never blinked once on his stand against the rogue nation? Or was it the Olympics? In fact, it was likely the sanctions leveled against the North Korean nation that have literally strangled their economy.

But his image as “infallible” almost god-like leader has been at stake in the DPRK. With the lack of food, more defections, rampant disease issues and his own potential health problems,things may be getting difficult for the wacky dictator.

“It would seem that it is possible, then, than Kim may be seeking a means by which to end the financial strangulation imposed by these sanctions, and the United States has made it clear time and time again that nothing short of total denuclearization would meet their criteria to do so. The question for Kim, however, must be how to go about yielding to foreign pressure without compromising the image he cultivates as an infallible leader.” Alex Hollings

Michael O’Hanlon in a column at USA Today reported,

Kim probably hopes that conveying a genuine willingness to talk will be enough to prevent further tightening of international sanctions, at a time when the North Korean strongman might have genuinely started to worry about where his country’s economy is headed. 

So can we actually believe it? Kim Jong-Un has not been a trustworthy nemesis. And North Korea has a habit of lying to gain their own way.The United States and South Korea must see verifiable results. But… don’t hold your breath on that.

The White House noted:

 Vice President Mike Pence echoed Ronald Reagan in his statement about the Administration’s response. “Whichever direction talks with North Korea go, we will be firm in our resolve,” the Vice President said. “All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization.”

Featured photo: screenshot from old photo used by Kim to project his strength

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