Donald Trump is trying to convince North Korea to return to the table for nuclear talks. He has even sent an envoy to the region to reassure North Korea he wants to come to an agreement.
Democrats have called for Trump to stick to diplomacy and both Democrats and Republicans have advised that the White House be transparent about what it really knows about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
Trump has an issue with diplomacy, especially on Twitter. On December 8, Trump recently posted, “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to use, everything actually. If he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere…”
In a second tweet, he added, “with the U.S. Presidential Election in November, North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!”
….with the U.S. Presidential Election in November. North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2019
Kim Jong Un has shown no signs of wanting to restart talks. Instead of even giving talks consideration Kim Jong Un has insulted Trump calling him a “dotard” and called his behavior “erratic.” He has even promised the U.S. an ominous “Christmas present” coming.
When Trump took office, he made some big promises and among them was a vow to stop North Korea from making intercontinental ballistic missile on his watch.
A handful of close observers of North Kioea believe that Kim is currently using Trump’s focus on his re-election as leverage to pressure him into lifting the sanctions as well as striking a deal that would favor Pyongyang.
Chances are now that Trump has been impeached by the House, Kim now sees him as even more vulnerable and susceptible to exploitation.
“Tactically, the election plays a role and the whole impeachment process plays a role,” said Jung Pak, a former senior U.S. intelligence officer. “Kim probably sees Trump as being hemmed in domestically and more desperate for a deal.”
Last week, Trump sent Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, to visit U.S. allies Japan and South Korea. The trip was made to reassure them that the U.S. is committed to continuing to look out for their safety and to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Biegun then traveled to Beijing to talk to Chinese officials about their role in trying to coax Kim to back down.
Biegun stated the U.S. was aware of North Korea’s plans for a “Christmas gift,” which officials believe could range from a space satellite launch to an ICBM test.
Biegun was not able to secure a session with North Korean officials. During this trip.