Kim Jong Un blinks: Still wants to meet Trump despite cancellation
“We are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind”
Thursday morning, President Trump canceled the upcoming Singapore summit with North Korea, “based on tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” in their most recent statements. North Korea recently insulted Vice President Pence calling him “ignorant and stupid” and a “political dummy.”
Trump concluded with an invite saying, “if you [North Korea] change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Hours later and North Korea says they still want to meet.
North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. at any time.
In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.
“Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”
Trump also said the military was ready and waiting:
Trump said he had spoken with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the leaders of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. military is “ready if necessary,” he said, and the two Asian allies “are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the financial cost or burden” of a conflict.
Trump has been roundly criticized for ruining negotiations and mocked since calling off the summit:
Commemorative North Korea summit coin selling at a discount https://t.co/2RVp7eIlRL
— Michael Gallardo (@socalsofunny) May 25, 2018
Ex-Trump staffer mocks White House "idiot" who ordered commemorative coins for North Korea summit https://t.co/kDwORDEyi5 pic.twitter.com/Mk3EriV24u
— The Hill (@thehill) May 24, 2018
What went wrong for Trump in North Korea? Everything https://t.co/uAcXbs20kg
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) May 25, 2018
1) Trump gets three prisoners released and a start to the destruction of the North Korean Nuke program;
2) We pay nothing, and walk away from talks;
3) North Korea now wants to talk again.
Clearly Trump is a novice and needs to consult the old guard of experts. https://t.co/sovqWMSY1s
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) May 24, 2018
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Trump sure knows how to play them. Is Kim going to end up with puppet strings attached?
This is great NORK ju-jutsu. Flip the script. “We’re the good guys here! ALLLLLLLLLlllllways willing to talk a deal. Love ya always”.
These guys have been playing the world for decades. T-rump did the right thing by canceling the summit. But he’s not the only pla-ya in play.
It’s Rags; if it contradicts reality, he’ll spout it.
So, moron, what’s “unreality” here…
T-rump did a good thing?
The NORKS have been playing the world for decades?
They are running a PR game to project that they are the good guys?
“moron” Glass house?
I know its tough to be dull witted, but just smart enough to understand that one is dull and will never be able to make the grade.
Get immediate treatment for what ails you, IE, The Little Person Syndrome.
How did Trump get played? I see this stupid word used by people like you and it’s never explained. Oh – that Kim Jong-un just played Trump. Trump got played. Playa played da playa!
You type this like it means something, but in reality what you said is totally vacuous. You and too many others talk like this is a game where Trump presumably looks bad and Kim looks like a player, which is, what? Good? Bad? Indifferent? No clue. All I care about is America, which has lost nothing to NK because of this meeting being scrapped.
Trump cancelled the meeting because Kim was acting like a 4-year-old. No president but Trump has ever told Kim Jong-un in clear and direct language to stop acting like a child. We got three more prisoners out of there without giving NK anything. We’ve got military games with SK, NK has China breathing down its neck, Japan stands with America in this decision to cancel, etc.
Sorry, I don’t understand how Kim Jong-un has made any move that puts him in a light where any reasonable person would say – well, that crafty fat fellow has stuck it to the U.S. again!
Wow, Col., can’t you read? I didn’t say ANYTHING about T-rump being played. In fact, the ONLY thing I said of T-rump was a compliment.
The NORKS ARE players. The only stupid thing mentioned here is YOUR stupidity and bad faith.
“I know its tough to be dull witted, but just smart enough to understand that one is dull and will never be able to make the grade.”
I’ll bet very few people know all that better than you. Must really suck.
I’ve seen nothing from you that even bespeaks an average intelligence, much less they claim genius, including a lame internet insult that an 11 year-old would think trite.
Nork is nothing but a puppet China tried to use NK as a bargaining tool to get a better trade deal. Notice the time lines and events with China, NK and USA for trade.
Notice that as soon as Trump canceled the meeting he requested a review that would ultimately end up imposing sanctions on China. China knows their back door to the USA through NAFTA with Mexico and Canada is soon about to be closed.
As soon as China realizes that Trump was serious, China themselves make the statement that NK will sit down with USA any time. NK didn’t say it, China did.
A meathead. And without the Princess Bride in his resume.
People here just don’t get it. The talks have no value unless the result in disarming NK’s nuclear weapons. NK showed that they weren’t serious and trying to get Trump to want the talks and agreement so much that he would sell out to NK. Like BJ Clinton did and like Tyrant Obama the Liar did to the Iranians. Trump is to smart for that and canceled the meeting. Now NK is pretending to be the good guys and that it was evil Trump who is obstructing peace. Only a fool or a Progressive Fascist would fall for that.
Kim (and others) have always dealt with US Presidents who were desperate for any “deal” they could spin to make them look good for the polls. This allowed the other side an upper hand in negotiations. Trump is (obviously) not from the same school of thought as other presidents. He appears at least willing to walk away from what he considers a “bad” deal. Disconcerting for the despots.
Interesting article in Breitbart: The Norks didn’t show up in Singapore for discussions to set up the meeting between Trump and Kim.
Sooooo, does Kim expect Trump to just drop by? Get real.
Rocket Man: “Trump, you magnificent bastard, I didn’t read your book!”
the G*d Emperor strikes again!
Trump has china’s number big time. Pretty amazing to watch all this.
With three aircraft carriers and battle groups, B-2 bombers, etc. etc etc surrounding North Korea and another few years as president, The Donald is patient – and a warrior not to be triled with.
Compare to that frightened traitor, ‘barack hussein obama:’
Obama recalls all aircraft carriers; non left at sea:
Has everyone canceled Netflix/obamaflix yet?
There is more to this story. It appears that the North Koreans are talking “reunification” not “denuclearization”.
See this thread, and watch developments.
They’ve been talking ‘reunification’ for the last… um… since the war. The NKs have this delusion that someday the south will realize what a good thing they’re missing out on and embrace NK rule under the God-King’s gentle embrace. I mean they’ve got a green economy, no problem with obesity, and Kim. Why would anybody want more?
North Korea have been actively involved in ‘reunification’ since June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops headed south with a determination to accomplish this. Korea had been divided after a default separation of Korea between Russian and US troops since August 16, 1945, after the Japanese occupation was dissolved.
Of course it is about reunification, and Little Rocketman expects himself to be the one in charge, no change to his regime. The happy feelings from the Olympics and all the talk going on seemed to ignore that the man with the stylin’ hairdo would not give up power.
The only reason why he made overtures for talks was because China told him to. The balking over the joint exercises was the means to get Trump to bow to whatever BS Kimmy was going to offer, and to push reunification under the Little Rocketman.
I see this all being as likely as Israel and the Palestinians joining hands in Gaza and singing Kum-By-Yah.
Who wants to be the one to tell Delgado that no one cares about the Commemerative Coins, not even the “idiot” who ordered them?
Good odds that the “idiot” is the one who stole her boyfriend. And it’s a man. Ha.
Poor Delgado. Please accept this gift of Wine In A Box and 3 kittens to help you cope through these difficult times.
Ex Trump staffer.
Like scum of comey, mcmasters,etc.
I expect to see Trump wait a while, let the Norks stew, then demand a new concession as a precondition to talks. Maybe return the USS Pueblo, something symbolic.
“There is a buy in to getting back to the table mr kim. What will you give me?”
NOpe. You were wrong on all counts.
One up vote, Rags probably voted himself up, six down. Who is wrong here?
You gotta keep up with the news.
Oh, and the fallacy of popular opinion is one of the stupidest in the canon of fallacies.
The news vitiated the poster’s speculation within minutes of it being posted.
You sure you’re not really stupid, contra your braggadocio…???
The problem with North Korea has never been about North Korea, but China. The Kim regime would not exist without China’s support, and is a part of Chinese long-term military strategy for the war it intends in the future.
Kim Jong-un seemed ready to come to some agreement with the ROK and US to put an end to hostilities and save his regime, until he flew to Dalian and spent a couple days with Xi Jinping. Now he’s back to bombast and belligerence, and failed to send his people to Singapore to prepare for the meeting with Trump. The question here is, what sort of bribes and/or threats did Xi present to make him reverse his position? If this situation is to be resolved without war, there isn’t too much time left to do it, and if Trump knew what the Chinese promised, or threatened Kim with, he might be able to offer him a better deal. A meeting is still needed, but only if Trump can find out what’s going on between Xi and Kim, to know what he’s dealing with.
I’ve also heard that there’s major instability within the Kim regime. He may be a dictator, but his grip on power is not entirely secure. The fact that he’s been murdering his own relatives to maintain control suggests that his position might be in doubt. And, of course, dictators rarely retire – they usually leave the job feet first, not always from natural causes.
I don’t see where he was all for working with the US and South Korea prior to his meeting with China. He was baiting the US with his rocket launches, flying them over Japan.
It wasn’t till after his China meeting that he suddenly was Mr. Peace and Harmony. During the Olympics, it was lovey dovey type stuff with SK, but the goal was looking to increase NK’s landmass and population under Kim. China was entering into trade talks, NK gets brought in (most likely a carrot the Chinese were dangling for Trump) as a trade chip. China seemed to think Trump would be all about the photo op and not about the real deal with NK and China trade.
Kim’s been to China more than once. The last time was after his visit to the South, and that’s when he went back to claiming military exercises were a prelude to invasion, and the standard belligerent rants and threats. He may, or may not have been serious about coming to some agreement, but there was a drastic change of tone after he talked to Xi.
Apparently, kim jong fatboi needs the US more than the US needs him.
What do I know about this? I was surprised when we pulled out, now I’m more surprised when norks are trying too pull us back.
I expected the norks to yank the football, I still do. If reunification happens it will be an odd duck because I can’t see China giving up all that buffer.
Trump knows history, he talked before about NK, so he was such a novice that he expected them to live up to their word. As soon as the grumbling and precondition stuff came out from NK about the military exercises, I thought “here we go again”, and apparently so did Trump.
A true negotiator is always willing to walk away from the table. Trump has been in deals with all kinds of alpha dogs all his working life. He knows how to deal with them, and it’s not really any different working with heads of states. Egos are huge, so the only means you have to get things as close to what you want is to be willing to head for the door. Just as in buying a car, the best weapon you have to get a good deal is head to the door. If they call you back, hedge, wait for something they concede, if it isn’t coming, you leave.
Reunification is all about things being under Kim. You are correct about China not giving up that buffer, which makes me wonder why SK would want it to happen. They have to know how NK would operate with reunification.
Kim was obviously trying to use the Leftist Trump-hating US media machine to get an upper hand on Trump before the summit. Trump pulled the rug out from under all of them and now Kim has to come sniveling back. Trump did the same thing to crybaby Chuckie Shumer over the budget extension. Shumer’s Senate Dems had to accept a worse deal than Trump originally offered when they tried to use the press to against Trump. Even after 16 Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton went down to Trump, the swamp creatures, including Kim, still have not learned.
There are two main players in this drama. The first is the US, under Trump. The second is the Chinese, under Xi. And, the DPRK, under Kim, is a minor player.
Trump wants the nuclear threat presented by the continued development of nuclear weapons and delivery systems by Kim stopped. Xi wants to retain most of the extremely favorable trade treatment that China has enjoyed for the last 20 years from the US. And Kim just wants to maintain power, which he can not do without Chinese support.
So, Trump and Xi will dance around and Kim will do whatever Xi tells him to do.
For China, NK has been a useful distraction from their economic warfare and military buildup. Then came Trump. Xi hoped to use NK to tie up Trump politically in hopes of lessening the inevitable economic beating. Doesn’t seem to be working out too well for Xi. NK’s future will be determined by what Trump determines is a suitable end state in the US-China dynamic.
Not that NK has no say in this…they do, but only after China bends the knee.
Kim tried wrestling with a pig in the mud.
He just figured out that the pig likes it…
Great cartoon at townhall: