North Korea Kim Jong Un is a mixed bag of worms.
One day he is saying he got a red button ready, next day he is talking about talking about discussions at South Korea. My personal opinion is he acts at times like a spoiled child, wants his way until the reality of what that means sets in. Yea, you can be the big thug on the block and threaten the U.S. but looking at your size and the South Korean government being friends of the U.S. .. hmmm that’s when he thinks about ‘discussions’. Schizophrenic – when Russia and China help him out with oil he gets puffed up… the reality takes hold again. Problem for U.S. and his country.
Kim Jong-Un might send a team to the Olympics in South Korea. Lil Kim said he’s willing to send a delegation to discuss it. One problem: everyone in North Korea who can run really fast has already either escaped or been shot trying.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 2, 2018
He also said he is “open to dialogue” with South Korea.
SEOUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul.
After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Kim used his televised New Year’s Day speech to call for lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improved ties with the South.
“When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment,” Kim said. “Both the North and the South should make efforts.”
Kim said he will consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.
“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to show unity of the people and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility,” Kim said.
Monday January 01, 2018
North Korea said Saturday that it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the United States and its allies continue their “blackmail and war drills” at its doorstep.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency took the oft-repeated stance as it reviewed the country’s major nuclear weapons and missile tests this year.
North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles into the sea in July and November, indicating that it is closer than ever to gaining a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the mainland United States.
The aggressive tests have led to more international sanctions and pressure on North Korea amid concerns that the window for stopping or rolling back its nuclear program is closing rapidly. The U.S. and South Korea have maintained that they won’t negotiate with the North unless it is willing to discuss curbing its nuclear weapons and missile program.
January 1, 2018
North Korea has spent the past year largely ignoring its southern neighbor, but in his New Year’s address Monday, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he’s “open to dialogue” with South Korea.
“When it comes to relations between the North and the South, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment,” the young despot said in his speech. “Both the North and the South should make efforts.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has extended his hand several times for talks only to have it rejected by Pyongyang.
South Korean officials have called into North Korea every day for over a year without any response. Officials from the South Korean Ministry of Unification visit the border town of Panmunjom on a daily basis, making calls into North Korea once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
No one ever picks up the phone, The Associated Press reported in October.
In July of last year, Moon expressed a strong desire to follow in the footsteps of past liberal South Korean leaders, specifically former President Kim Dae-jung and former President Roh Moo-hyun, who engaged North Korea at historic summits and encouraged cooperation to usher in an era of temporary peace between North and South Korea.
When Moon took office early last year, he promised to restore strained ties between North and South Korea through dialogue and engagement.
Monday, 01 Jan 2018
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jung Un’s talk of having a nuclear launch button ready as nothing more than “propaganda.”
Bolton’s comments came on a Monday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”
His remarks were in response to a speech by the North Korean leader, who had said “the nuclear button is always on my desk.”
“Well, look it is propaganda from Kim Jung Un,” Bolton said. “This is his regular New Year’s speech. And obviously he has seen the conversation in the United States that looks at possible preemptive military force– not as the most attractive option. But it’s an option we definitely have to use if they don’t give up their nuclear weapons program.