March 9, 2018

HE BETTER GET TO LEAD THIS MILITARY PARADE HE SOLD OUT FOR:

Donald Trump has given North Korea what it wanted: to be treated as an equal (GEORGE EATON, 3/09/18, New Statesman)

[T]he agreement to talks is, in itself, a reward. North Korea is close to achieving what it has long craved: a meeting with the US on equal terms. Far from being crazed, the Stalinist state's nuclear programme has long rested on rational foundations. The fearsome project grants the isolated country diplomatic leverage. For Kim, the lesson of the fall of Saddam and Gaddafi is that tyrants pay a price for relinquishing their arms. The threats from the US have strengthened the regime by reinforcing a siege mentality.

North Korea will not now turn swords into ploughshares without a security guarantee and the softening or abolition of sanctions. Indeed, it may have no intention of doing so at all. By forcing the US to address it as an equal, on the eve of its 70th anniversary, North Korea has already achieved a remarkable victory.

Posted by at March 9, 2018 10:56 AM

  

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