North Korea has a habit of oscillating between playing nice with the United States and then threatening to launch nuclear warheads at New York City.
This has long been their modus operandi, and its machinations are not unlike the stock market, in many ways. The reclusive regime will often rattle their sabers at the global community for an extended period of time; an act that often comes with repercussions in the form of international sanctions. Kim Jong Un, the dainty dictator of the DPRK, will then slip back into his phony, conciliatory behavior, often exuded in the general direction of a myriad of nations.
This shuffling of sanctions has kept North Korea afloat, barely, for the better part of six decades, thanks in no small part to the assistance they receive in skirting those very sanctions.
This time around, it looks as though Kim Jong Un has traded his almost-amicable relationship with the US for champagne summits with Vladimir Putin, the President and psuedo-dictator of Russia.
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To cement the switch, Kim has also fired off a series of threats toward the US yet again.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Russian President Vladimir Putin that peace and security on the Korean peninsula depended on the United States, warning that a state of hostility could easily return, North Korean media said on Friday.
Kim’s remarks during talks with Putin on Thursday appeared aimed at pushing Washington to be more flexible on North Korean demands for an easing of international sanctions.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who ended a second summit with Kim in February without a deal for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, seemed unperturbed, saying a lot of progress was being made toward an agreement and welcoming Putin’s support.
That last distinction will certainly draw the ire of democratic lawmakers in the US, who are still fixated on the role that Russia may have played during the 2016 US presidential election.
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