Look! It’s North Korea Again!

The news is that Trump will have a second meeting….Hanoi to be second “summit” with Kim in Vietnam, Hanoi to be accurate (bad idea but that is just me)…..https://lobotero.com/2019/02/11/hanoi-wtf/

Once again the country will be laser focus on North Korea and Trump…….so I need to throw a bit of information at my reader that is not known by most……

First, a brief history that could explain everything…….

A good starting point for understanding the ongoing conflict between North and South Korea is the agreement between the United States and Japan in 1905, known as the Taft-Katsura Memorandum, which was signed as Japan was defeating Russia in the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. In that document the U.S. agreed to the Japanese colonization of Korea in trade for the American occupation of Hawaii (which the U.S. had annexed in 1898) and the Philippines (which the U.S. had acquired as booty in 1898 at the conclusion of the Spanish-American War). Koreans were not consulted about this arrangement.

In 1910 Japan annexed Korea, making it a subservient colony of the homeland; this had also been sanctioned by the U.S. In the Taft-Katsura Memorandum five years previously. Japanese rule was brutal: it is estimated that at least 18,000 Koreans were killed due to resisting the occupation. Koreans were forced to take Japanese names and speak only Japanese, young Korean males were impressed into the military and sent to Japan to work for slave wages, and tens of thousands of young Korean women were forced into sexually slavery for the pleasure of Japanese males.

Not surprisingly, when Japan surrendered to the U.S. and its allies on August 15, 1945, Koreans were elated at this apparent liberation from Japanese oppression. They were ready and willing to form their own government: a quickly formed Committee for the Preparation of Korean Independence (CPKI) organized people’s committees throughout the country to coordinate the transition to independence. On August 28, 1945 the CPKI announced that it would function as the temporary national government of Korea. On September 6th delegates from throughout Korea, both north and south of the artificially imposed demarcation line gathered in Seoul to create the Korean People’s Republic of Korea (PRK). Coincidentally, the Koreans announcement of their unified independence came only four days after Ho Chi Minh’s declaration of a unified independence for all of Vietnam.


Before Trump meets Kim he should take in all assessments…….this is an assessment offered by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (a neocon think tank)……..

The tools for implementing this policy included the North Korean Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 and Executive Order 13810, which made it possible to sanction new targets with connections to illicit finance, cyberattacks, and human rights violations. In the face of over 40 ballistic missile and nuclear tests – including three ICBM tests possibly capable of striking the U.S. mainland – as well as the successful detonation of a thermonuclear device, the Trump administration responded with multiple UN Security Council resolutions to reinforce the existing multilateral sanctions regime. In the face of such pressure, and buttressed by a vastly improved nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, North Korea initiated a process of diplomatic outreach to its southern neighbor, which soon led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, Kim quickly arranged for his first summit meetings with the presidents of China and South Korea, before extending a surprise invitation in March to President Trump.


Now the question that begs asking……can progress truly be made with Trump’s style of negotiating?

Asked and answered?

The Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un show has been picked up for a second season, which will kick off with a live broadcast from Vietnam at the end of February.

The show’s producers and the TV networks were so thrilled with the first season in Singapore in 2018, the sequel was a no brainer. The thrill of the first ever meeting between leaders from the United States and North Korea – and these two leaders at that – merited round-the-clock coverage. The media was blanketed with breathless analysis for weeks on end, and on the day of the main event analysts in capitals across the globe stayed up all night to watch it live. Who could resist?


Trump has said that there is NO rush for denuclearization…….

Just days ahead of the second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, President Trump is rejecting any sense of urgency, saying that he is “in no rush” and sees “no pressing time schedule” for finalizing denuclearization.

Trump and Kim agreed on denuclearization in general during last year’s summit, and Trump is optimistic about this next round of talks, to be held in Hanoi. He says “very positive things are going to happen.”

Progress has been slow going, and North Korea has expressed particular frustration that the US has further increased sanctions and other restrictions on them after starting to dismantle the program. Trump insists all sanctions will remain in place even after these talks.

So while Trump is expecting a positive outcome, and the two leaders appear to get along quite well, North Korea’s expectation to get something about of the deal, and Trump’s determination not to give them anything, is a big obstacle to get over.

Is the master of the “con” tamping down expectations before the new summit?

Probably not.

For he , Trump, has said that he would continue his bromance with Kim in yet another “summit” down the road…

Speaking at the White House a week before the hotly anticipated Hanoi Summit with Kim Jong Un, President Trump said that he expects there to be more meetings scheduled after this upcoming summit.

I don’t think this will be the last meeting by any chance,” Trump said. He added that he’d like to ease sanctions on North Korea, but would need to see “meaningful” progress from them first before making any changes.


And the “con” continues!

There is an unusual happening in North Korea….Kim is taking  hard line with opponents of any peace deal….

A week ahead of the next summit with President Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is reported to have removed some 50 to 70 people who were overwhelmingly hawks seen as resistant to the diplomatic process.

According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, these people are being targeted under a new anti-corruption initiative, but are being singled out as hawks. Some are being jailed, others exiled, and still others are being executed outright.

This collection of officials were seen to have been amassing power within the government, and some had used those positions to stock away some illegally acquired wealth. The money being confiscated in the purge in also shoring up North Korea’s economy in the immediate term.


This is a lot to take in and I am no Asian expert so if you need more info then I suggest you use the Google machine.

Could I possibly stumbled onto why the Hanoi site was chosen?

Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways will sign a deal with Boeing Co to purchase 10 planes on the sidelines of this week’s Trump-Kim summit, an airline executive said on Sunday.

The carrier, which is owned by property and leisure company FLC Group and made its first flights in January, placed a provisional order last year for 20 Boeing 787 widebody jets worth $5.6 billion at list prices.

“We will sign with Boeing a deal to buy 10 more Boeing 787s. This is different from the deal signed earlier for 20 Boeing planes,” said the executive who declined to be named due to the confidentiality of the matter.

“That means we will have ordered 30 Boeing 787s. The deal will be signed during the summit,” the executive said. (Reporting by Khanh Vu Editing by Keith Weir)

The saga continues!


2 thoughts on “Look! It’s North Korea Again!

  1. Obviously, the aircraft deal is the main reason (perhaps the only one) for the choice of venue. I see a lot of similarities between Kim and Trump. They are both from privileged backgrounds, and don’t take kindly to criticism, or dissenters. Maybe that might just make it easier for them to talk? 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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