On Monday, the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un rejected any more discussions with Donald Trump in a blunt put-down. A senior adviser to Kim called it another “fruitless” one-on-one with Trump. The recent move of North Korea indicates that Trump’s open-door policy for bargaining with authoritarians means those leaders can slam the door in his face.
Kim Kye Gwan, a veteran diplomat and Foreign Ministry adviser stated, “We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us.”
“As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can brag about,” he added. On Sunday, Trump hinted that there is a possibility of an upcoming summit with the North Korean leader which is a part of a foreign policy venture that represents Trump’s boldest effort to remake U.S. diplomacy.
Trump made a direct and clear offer to North Korea: Give up your nuclear weapons and receive sanctions relief that will allow you to become a regional economic powerhouse and vacation destination, complete with luxury hotels.
The US President wrote on Twitter, “Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a ‘rabid dog.’ He is actually somewhat better than that, but I am the only one who can get you where you have to be.”
“You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon!”
Trump made the tweet as a reply to North Korea recently calling Joe Biden, the former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, a “rabid dog” who should be “beaten to death with a stick.”
Trump was telling Kim not to try to run out the clock on negotiations Trump has fostered. President Trump seemed to be conveying to Kim that a President Biden would not cut a deal with North Korea and help him to achieve the plan that was depicted in a promotional video Trump played at his first meeting with Kim in Singapore last year.
Trump has the most riding on North Korea. Pyongyang is hitting the brakes just as Trump faces not only impeachment but a reelection campaign in which he has hoped to show supporters that he can deliver a deal that eluded past presidents.
According to Lawrence Haas, a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, Trump is pursuing a “fool’s errand” if he thinks he can convince Kim to give up nuclear weapons that are his source of security and legitimacy.
Trump has been expecting for a third summit with North Korea, nearly within about three months, to show that his bold effort to befriend and persuade Kim is working. By the end of this year, Kim had set a deadline for the experiment to show progress. It is being considered by the US and other analysts that North Korea may return to testing longer-range missiles or nuclear devices next year.