By Dan Calabrese
I’m not so sure I make this deal, at least not if this is all we get.
Even if the Norks really do give up their nukes, what’s really changed if they’re still oppressing their people, torturing or killing political dissidents, refusing access to the outside world, operating prison camps and generally running a nation as a gigantic gulag?
If we really get the unfettered access we would need to do effective compliance inspections, then we would also have at least some opportunity to see the human rights atrocities that are everyday occurrences in the Hermit Kingdom.
Are we just going to shrug our shoulders and say, hey, that’s the best deal we could negotiate? Sound like Bowl Cut Jr. has high hopes:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly said he would give up his nation’s nuclear weapons if the United States vows not to invade his country.
The New York Times reported remarks from a South Korean official, who recounted Kim’s remarks in the historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
“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,” Kim said, as detailed by South Korean spokesman Yoon Young-chan.President Trump is preparing for his own talks with Kim, which could take place in the coming weeks.
Trump pushed back against critics of his forthcoming meeting with Kim, saying he will not allow Pyongyang to take advantage of him.
“We’re not going to be played, OK? We’re going to hopefully make a deal, if not that’s fine,” Trump said Friday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said in an interview on Sunday the administration has its “eyes wide open” when it comes to North Korea.
A commitment to unrestricted inspections can be offered today and rescinded tomorrow when someone can claim something has changed, or the Norks get in a bad mood, or Trump tweets something ill-advised, or Kim’s friends the Iranians start giving him advice about how to get around the inspections. Remember when we got Saddam Hussein to agree to weapons inspections as a condition for the cease-fire that halted the first Gulf War? He complied when he felt like it, and he easily manipulated the feckless UN inspectors that U.S. allowed to be in charge of the process.
We treated the mere agreement as the end of the issue. But the issue didn’t really go away until Saddam went away.
What Kim Jong Un wants is to hang onto power. He’s willing to negotiate away the nuclear program he has now, at whatever stage of development, in the hope he can outlast the Trump Administration and get a more Obama-like U.S. president who will sit by and do nothing as he starts it up again. If Trump agrees not to invade, we pretty much hand Kim the validation of that strategy.
This problem is only really solved when the Kim dynasty is gone, North Korea no longer exists and the peninsula is reunified. That’s the very thing Kim hopes to avoid with the offer he’s made.
We should ask for more. Unless Kim agrees to hold free and fair elections, no deal. Of course, that would mean the end of communist North Korea. If he’s not willing to make the deal, then we can just keep the sanctions in place and maintain the threat of an invasion.
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