Move follows North Korea rejecting Biden’s diplomatic offer for talks.
For some reason, the relationship between the United States and North Korea has chilled over the past two months.
The last time we checked on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, President Joe Biden forgot his name and the Pentagon. And, as a reminder, Austin took office promising a military stand-down to address “extremism.”
President Donald Trump exchanged letters and in tweet-diplomacy with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hoping that some meaningful improvements in the region in terms of peace and regional stability could come from follow-ups to the Singapore Summit. Biden’s team seems to be opting for a different approach.
First off, the North Korean leadership does not take the current Commander-in-Chief seriously:
The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent an eerie message to the United States on Tuesday, as Biden administration officials arrive for high-level talks in Japan and South Korea.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises in the region.
“If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” she added, according to an English translation.
Then Biden’s bureaucrats were completely rejected in their attempts at diplomatic outreach.
North Korea said Thursday it will ignore a U.S. offer for talks unless it withdraws its hostile policy on the North, days after Washington said it reached out to Pyongyang through various channels.
The statement by Choe Son Hui, the first foreign minister, came hours before the top diplomats and defense chiefs of the United States and South Korea meet in Seoul in their first joint talks in five years to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program.
“We don’t think there is need to respond to the U.S. delaying-time trick again,” Choe said in a statement carried by state media. “We have already declared our stand that no (North Korea)-U.S. contact and dialogue of any kind can be possible unless the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy toward (North Korea). Therefore, we will disregard such an attempt of the U.S. in the future, too.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday warned North Korea that U.S. forces are ready to “fight tonight” after the dictatorship condemned military drills taking place in South Korea.
The U.S. and South Korean militaries have resumed springtime drills in South Korea after pausing exercises last February due to coronavirus concerns.
Austin discussed the U.S. military’s commitment to “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and “the importance of maintaining military readiness” during a press conference Wednesday.
“Our force remains ready to ‘fight tonight,’ and we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime Operational Control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded, future Combined Forces Command,” the defense secretary said.
Perhaps Austin will start focusing his efforts on true adversaries instead of the social justice enemies that refuse to succumb to the woke agenda? Only then will the current administration have any hope of not being an international laughingstock.
I want to note that the press would have been in absolute hysterics if General James Mattis, Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, had said our forces were “ready to fight tonight” after experiencing the classic North Korean posturing and taunting.DONATE
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