Are we still winning?
While President Trump is off to further weaken our European alliances and play snuggles with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a July 16 summit, the wreckage of his “successful” summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un remains.
The last news we had on that front was that North Korean officials balked at the notion of denuclearization – something Trump declared was a done deal – and even called talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “regrettable,” last week.
On Saturday, they even accused the U.S. of making “gangster-like” demands.
Yeah. They’re definitely “no longer a nuclear threat.”
The latest involves the remains of American soldiers, and efforts to have those remains returned home.
Trump had boasted of getting those remains returned, and South Korea has been working towards that very thing for several years.
A meeting was planned for earlier Thursday to discuss the issue with North Korean officials.
Those officials skipped out, sending demands, instead.
And yes. They’re now in the position to make demands of the world because Donald Trump gave them legitimacy by meeting with them and coming away from the table with nothing, other than his effusive praise for a murderous dictator.
Yonhap News in South Korea reported that North Korea asked the United Nations Command to hold “general-level military talks” about returning the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.
A source told Yonhap that North Korea “wants a U.S. general to appear at the table to quickly finalize the repatriation issue.”
That’s right. KNEEL!
They feel perfectly emboldened to make that sort of demand. Our leadership is weak, petulant, and willing to give away the farm for a few words of empty praise.
Kelly McKeague, who leads an agency that locates remains of U.S. soldiers on foreign battlefields, said Wednesday that U.S. officials are expected to meet with North Korean officials on Thursday to flesh out details on how to go about securing the remains of additional U.S. troops.
McKeague told Reuters it will be months before excavations can start in the search for remains in North Korea. It could be years before some of those remains can be identified, he added.
And now we know it may never happen. In order to even begin the process, it will require the United Nations military body to meet with North Korean in an official capacity for the first time since 2009.
It’s now a game of chicken, and what happens depends on who blinks first.