The Danger of Unrealistic Goals for North Korea Diplomacy

The U.S. and Japan released a joint statement calling on North Korea to give up not only its nuclear weapons, but also to abandon all “weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.” TAC contributor Harry Kazianis responded to the statement earlier today:

As the inter-Korean summit approaches and the Trump-Kim meeting draws closer, the gap between the U.S. and North Korean positions does not appear to have narrowed at all. If anything, the demands from the U.S. and Japan have increased and become even more unrealistic than they already were. Instead of moderating demands and tempering expectations about what North Korea is willing to give up, the Trump administration and the Abe government are doing just the opposite. This may succeed in reassuring Japan that the U.S. isn’t going to make a deal that Tokyo can’t accept, but it practically guarantees that no agreement can be reached with North Korea.

If Trump goes to the summit thinking that North Korea is going to agree to any of this, he has been misled and will be setting himself up for failure. If the U.S. and its allies aren’t prepared to make an extraordinarily generous offer in return, it is likely that nothing good will come from the meeting between Trump and Kim. The danger is that the hard-liners around Trump will exploit a summit failure as an excuse to ratchet up tensions and push for military action and he will be more inclined to listen to them.

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Possible North Korea defectors may be occupants of skeleton-filled ghost ship found on Japan coast #NorthKorea, #Defectors #KimJongUn , #Defectors

A skeleton-filled ghost ship carrying the remains of eight ill-fated seafarers washed ashore on Japan’s North Korean-facing coast, the Japanese Coast Guard said Monday — days after the body of a suspected North Korean man and parts of another wrecked wooden craft were discovered on a Japanese island.

The grisly find could be evidence of desperate defectors trying a new route to freedom after despot Kim Jong Un has clamped down on those fleeing the Hermit Kingdom this year.

Full Article: FoxNews.com

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Hawaii Reinstates Cold-Ear Era Nuclear Attack Warning Signal Amid North Korea Tension

It just seems like a North Korea kinda of a news day. KTIC Radio.com post this story:

Hawaii is reinstating a statewide nuclear attack warning signal in December to prepare for a potential attack from North Korea.

The alarm, which has not been used since the Cold War will be reinstated on Dec. 1 as part of a ballistic missile preparedness program, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).

Residents are instructed to immediately “Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned” when they hear the siren. Alerts will be sent to resident’s phones and broadcast on television and radio.

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North Korea’s use of automatic fire violates armistice, Seoul says North Korea

North Korean soldiers who pursued and shot at a defecting soldier in the Joint Security Area are in violation of a U.N. cease-fire agreement, South Korea’s defense minister said.

During a visit to the truce village of Panmunjom on Monday, Song Young-moo said North Korean soldiers violated the armistice because they deployed rapid-fire capabilities at the border, South Korean news service EDaily reported.

Full Article: UPI

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