June 14, 2019 12:49
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he is willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "at the appropriate time" but repeatedly added that there is no rush.
North Korea has cut off communication with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun since the failed summit with Trump in Hanoi earlier this year. The North only wants to speak to Trump, because it thinks he will do anything for votes.
But Trump or those who guide him have learned their lesson that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's promises to scrap his nuclear weapons are just hot air. Trump said he received a "beautiful letter" from Kim but did not voice any urgent intention to meet him again, because he knows time is on the side of the U.S. But South Korea is running in the opposite direction. President Moon Jae-in, who is on a tour of Northern Europe, urged Kim and Trump to "meet soon" and also voiced hopes of holding another inter-Korean summit before the U.S. leader visits Seoul at the end of this month. He made no mention of North Korea's failure to live up to its denuclearization pledges. When he visited the U.S. in April of this year, Moon said a third U.S.-North summit should take place soon, only to be told by Trump that nothing good will come out of rushing things. Moon is simply saying that the world needs another warm and fuzzy powwow televised globally, never mind results.
North Korea has been downright rude in the face of South Korea's overtures. North Korean officials have not shown up for the last three months to regular meetings both sides agreed to hold at the new liaison office in Kaesong, and the North did not even send a delegation to the funeral of former first lady Lee Hee-ho, the wife of ex-president Kim Dae-jung, who held the first summit with a North Korean leader back in 2000.
Instead, it sent a wreath to the border and told South Korean officials to come pick it up. Cheong Wa Dae eagerly sent its national security adviser scurrying around like a delivery driver, but all he got was a few words out of Kim's sister Yo-jong, and within 15 minutes it was all over. The only thing that has once again been confirmed is South Korea's lack of preparation. Playing the role of clumsy mediator for the North seems to be a thankless job.
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