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Well, it is indeed rare when you get a unanimous decision from the UN security council on anything, but apparently they all agreed on new, tougher sanctions for the Dear Leader. Nikki Haley, our UN ambassador, has said that this is a “gut punch” to North Korea. Well…. not. Or rather, not likely. What makes me so damn positive I know more than all these world leaders? I’m old, wise, and have seen stuff like this before. More to the point… I’m fairly good at measuring up people that are renegades and mavericks (hence the reason for my blog here). Besides that… I can make a scientific wild-assed guess just as well as the next guy.
The first thing I was reminded of when I heard of the new sanctions and all the bravado that the North will now capitulate to the West’s demands was… well, does anyone remember the Ho-Chi Min Trail? At present the North has been getting all their necessary imports from various black market sources.. and non-black market sources, like China. China has not done a lot to stop imports to North Korea.. and to date all we’ve been hearing is China’s reluctance to do anything, in spite of the great tasting chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago. They are a permanent member of the UN Security Council and obviously their vote for these sanctions was part of the unanimous vote. Well.. here’s what the sanctions are supposed to do…
“The resolution targets North Korea’s primary exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. The sanctions also target other revenue streams, such as banks and joint ventures with foreign companies.
The sanctions will slash North Korea’s annual export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third, according to a statement from Haley’s office.”
Sorry. I’m not buying any of this. Yes.. the world is trying a “peaceful” way to work the problem… but the problem is not with the world.. it’s between Kim and the U.S. Just telling him to shut down the nuke project simply will not work. Here’s the strange thing to all this…. Kim is asking for international respect and most assuredly respect from the U.S. as an equal on the world stage. He has made NO demands on the U.S as far as I am aware. None. But we are sure making demands on him. That clown in the White House who is supposed to be the art of the deal maker… this would be a coup of a lifetime if he can deal his way with North Korea. But America is making the wrong demand, and that demand is the big problem. So.. change the demand. Let him have his nukes. Let’s convince him there’s no reason to threaten to use them.
Then there’s this little possibility…
On Sunday, Ri Yong Ho (North Korean Foreign Minister) and Rex Tillerson will both be in the Philippines for the annual Association of Southeastern Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Regional Forum, a dialogue to discuss security issues which includes 27 countries. It’s the highest-level annual encounter between North Korea and the United States, says Mike Fuchs, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and the first during the Trump administration.
“It will be a very important opportunity again for the United States and North Korea to send messages — unvarnished, with no middle-men — to one another about their policies,” Fuchs said.
Well, we can hope.
But this sanctions nonsense? I’m sorry. The problem with North Korea is the fault of the U.S. and we are missing a big opportunity to fix this once and for all without a conflict.
Carry on America.