Beware of US Officials Bearing Promisesby Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
History proves US promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on – most often made to be broken.
It’s why Washington can never be trusted – Trump’s JCPOA pullout the latest example of what North Korea can expect if it ignores longstanding US duplicity, what it’s unlikely to do.
On Friday during a news conference with South Korean South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Washington, Secretary of State Pompeo lied, saying the following:
“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends.”
Seoul’s economy is Asia’s fourth largest, 11th largest worldwide. The DPRK is economically weak, greatly harmed by tough sanctions. Under ideal conditions, it’ll take many years to improve things significantly.
“The United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to achieving the permanent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Pompeo added.
His remarks came a day after meeting with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, discussing arrangements for his June 12 summit with Trump.
Kim expressed willingness to denuclearize, almost surely intending to go no further than suspending DPRK testing and development.
Abandoning its most effective deterrent against feared US aggression would be potentially suicidal.
Washington has been hostile to North Korea since the late 1940s, rejecting its overtures for rapprochement under less extremist US leadership than now.
US regimes under Republican and undemocratic Dems threaten all sovereign independent nations with regime change, North Korea no exception.
Unacceptably harsh US and international sanctions on the country remain in place. According to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang:
“We are very clear that sanctions remain in place until and unless we see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea on the denuclearization track, adding there must be “airtight” US/South Korean coordination on this issue.
Pompeo stressed Washington demands “a robust verification program, one that we would undertake with partners around the world which would achieve that outcome.”
How much intrusiveness Pyongyang will permit remains to be seen. It’s inconceivable that it will abandon its most important deterrent against possible US aggression no matter what’s accomplished between Kim and Trump, along with what follows.
It’s not about to surrender its sovereignty to a ruthless global hegemon, waging war on multiple fronts, new nations on its target list to strike.
North Korea isn’t excluded regardless of what comes out of bilateral discussions with Washington.
Pyongyang was betrayed before. It’s wary of what can happen again.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."