North Korea has issued an official response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he is open to talks “under certain circumstances.” The notoriously anti-American nation is open to meeting, but they have some preconditions of their own that the U.S. must follow to make it happen.
“As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured [toward] dialogue,” North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong said on Friday as reported by Sky News. “But what is important is not words, but actions.”
“The rolling back of the hostile policy towards DPRK is the prerequisite for solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula,” Ryong said. “Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the US hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems.”
United States imperialism is a favorite scapegoat of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. They have saber-rattled continuously for years at the United States, but the Trump administration has decided that enough is enough. Trump has postured more decisively against North Korea by saying they are “looking for trouble” while enticing China to assist in neutering the threatening country.
Although the military option remains on the table, it is not something that the Trump administration wishes to persue. Defense Secretary James Mattis has stated that engaging North Korea militarily would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”
“Our effort is to work with the U.N., work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation,” Mattis said.
Working with South Korea is a serious possibility because President Moon Jae-in was elected in part to strengthen diplomatic ties with the North. He dreams of a day where the South can “embrace the North Korean people to achieve peaceful reunification one day” and believes that talks should speed up the transition to the inevitable reconciliation.