It will be interesting to see what Donald Trump says about this, since he and Kim Jong Un “fell on love” and all nuclear proliferation stopped — according to him. The truth is probably closer to Kim Jong Un had a great laugh over the whole thing and today he’s laughing even harder. Little Rocket Man launched a missile from North Korea in the early hours of Monday, local time. CNBC:
Pyongyang has repeatedly fired projectiles over the past year and bragged about developing a new strategic weapon as relations with the Trump administration have soured.
North Korea and the U.S. failed to restart talks at the end of last year, after Washington refused to respond to Kim Jong-Un’s demands for concessions.
President Donald Trump has sought to convince the North to give up its nuclear arsenal, banking on a personal relationship he has tried to develop with Kim as well as pressure through sanctions.
Trump has held two summits with Kim and met him at the de-militarized zone between the North and South. However, Washington and Pyongyang have proven unable to strike a deal, with the North refusing to give up its nuclear arsenal and the U.S. refusing to roll back sanctions.
It’s going to take more than a photo op to set this one straight. Trump starting war with North Korea has always topped my list of Trump phuque ups. Which is not to say that those of you who are thinking that his withdrawal from the Paris agreement, or his dismantling the nuclear deal with Iran, or his screwing with NATO, or any of the business with Russia are wrong if those are your favorites. Korea is mine, because it was such a spectacular flop.
But you know what has crossed my mind? i’m wondering about the timing of this. I’m wondering if Kim doesn’t want to mess with Trump’s mind, or if launching the missile right when the coronavirus is exploding, and Trump is due to start his reelection campaign in earnest on Monday, is simply coincidence. Hard to say.