The relationship between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has turned south. Again. And somewhat predictably.
It’s no fault of the President’s, necessarily. This is the sort of thing that Kim Jong Un and his predecessors do all the time. Their whole international ethos seems to hinge on alternating between playing nice and not playing nice, and somehow milking the reversal of sanctions for whatever it’s worth.
Of course, the only reason this has ever worked for the North Koreans is because they essentially hold their entire population in a state of slavery, poverty, and near-famine.
After Donald Trump walked away form the table several weeks ago, Kim Jong Un has finally had his fill of the Commander in Chief giving him the silent treatment, and has popped off a few short range rockets into the ocean for attention.
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And, boy, is he getting it.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he still believes a nuclear deal with North Korea will happen, after the country fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea.
Trump tweeted Saturday that he believes that leader Kim Jong Un “fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it.”
Added Trump: “He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”
A diplomatic summit between Trump and Kim over the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons broke down earlier this year without a deal. North Korea wants widespread sanctions relief in return for disarmament moves that the United States has rejected as insufficient.
South Korea is also inflamed by the launches, claiming that the “tests” were in direction violation of a treaty signed with Kim during his last bout of civility.
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