January 13, 2020 13:14
North Korean's chief nuclear envoy Kim Kye-gwan said leader Kim Jong-un received a birthday message from U.S. President Donald Trump, and in the same breath warned South Korea not to meddle in Washington-Pyongyang affairs. "It is somehow presumptuous for South Korea to meddle in the personal relations between [Kim Jong-un] and [Trump]," Kim said. The remarks were a calculated insult, since Cheong Wa Dae's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong had just announced that it was South Korea that delivered Trump's message to the North.
While the message was apparently welcome, the messenger was not. "South Korea, not a member of the U.S. clan, went so frivolous as to convey the greetings from the U.S. president. It seems it still has lingering hope for playing the role of 'mediator' in the [North Korea]-U.S. relations," Kim Kye-gwan added.
How many more times will North Korea have to spit in President Moon Jae-in's face as he attempts to reclaim his self-appointed role of mediator before he gets the message? Most people have lost count of the snubs and insults. Kim Jong-un made absolutely no mention of South Korea during a marathon Workers Party Central Committee session in Pyongyang late last year, but Moon in his New Year's address urged North Korea to cooperate in establishing conditions "at an early date" for Kim to visit South Korea. Moon also vowed to revive tours to North Korea's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort, which drew a caustic response from the North accusing Moon of suffering from "delusions of grandeur."
When Moon proposed that the two Koreas can "easily catch up with Japan" if they form a "peace economy," North Korea told him to stop cruising for a bruising and test-fired a missile. And when Moon claimed "active" cross-border talks were taking place, North Korea's Foreign Ministry flatly denied it. Earlier a generous South Korean offer to the North of 50,000 tons of rice was dismissed by Pyongygang as "trivial bartering." It has become painfully embarrassing to watch Moon beg Kim for any sign of recognition.
Kim Kye-gwan also said the U.S. must accept all of North Korea's demands if dialogue is to resume and added, "There will never be such negotiations as that in Vietnam." "We have been deceived by the U.S., being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us." The international community has finally realized it was duped by Kim Jong-un, but the North Korean leader is still blustering that it is he who has been deceived. Seoul has lost all credibility after touting North Korea's false promises to scrap its nuclear weapons as a near-instant road to peace, and the North now finds the South equally useless after it laid the bridge connecting his country with the U.S. The public knows all this, so it is a mystery why Moon keeps flogging this dead horse as a vote-winner.
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