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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Friday, Trump tweeted the following:

“I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

“Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place).”

Pompeo’s visit is delayed until US trade war on China is resolved, he said. Multiple rounds of talks achieved nothing because US demands are unacceptable.

Beijing may suspend further ones until after America’s November midterm elections. China Power Project director Bonnie Glaser believes if talks are halted until Sino/US trade differences are resolved, “it will take a long time.”

On Friday, China’s Global Times said “two-day vice-ministerial level trade consultations (this week) produced no significant progress,” adding:

“The US side wanted to know if the pressure exerted on China worked and if China caved in. The Chinese side wanted to know if the US tough stance had softened.” 

“In fact, both sides seemed to stick to their original position(s) – that is, there is still a huge gap in their respective stance(s).”   

China accused the Trump regime of trying to undermine its economic sovereignty, vowing not to accept unreasonable demands.

Pompeo was scheduled to visit Pyongyang on Monday, along with newly appointed Trump regime special envoy to the DPRK for denuclearization talks Stephen Biegun.

Their visit was likely suspended because of Pyongyang’s unwillingness to agree to unacceptable US demands, the way Washington always negotiates – wanting its interests served in return for hollow promises.

Harsher US measures on North Korea may follow if talks fail, possibly a military option. Washington demands the DPRK hand over around two-thirds of its nuclear arsenal to the US in six to eight months.

It wants North Korea to fully disclose its nuclear program, including its facilities, bombs, ballistic missiles, and their locations – leaving the country vulnerable to US aggression if talks break down entirely, what’s likely based on past failures to resolve differences.

North Korea is right to be cautious, knowing the kind of regime it’s dealing with, one never to be trusted – hoping for a good outcome, knowing the chance is slim at best.

Its demands are eminently reasonable, including its security guaranteed by Washington and other countries, unacceptable sanctions lifted, a peace treaty formally ending the 1950s war, along with normalizing relations with the US and world community.

Washington wants a North Korean vassal state bordering China, eliminating all aspects of its nuclear program and ballistic missiles – what John Bolton earlier called “the Libya model.”

The Obama regime raped and destroyed the country based on Big Lies. A fully denuclearized North Korea without ballistic missiles leaves its territory vulnerable to the same fate.

US treachery is longstanding. There’s virtually no chance of sustainable normalized US/DPRK relations – what hasn’t been achieved for the past 70 years, what remains unattainable as long as hegemonic dark forces run America.

Maintaining a decades-long state of war against North Korea threatening no one shows Washington’s real intentions toward the country –  the scourge of imperialism, how it really works.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.