North Korea revamps its loyalty campaign

Cheryl Sanders
February 9, 2019

While emphasizing a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, and "a bold new diplomacy", Trump acknowledged "much work remains to be done". It has since suspended ballistic missile tests.

"North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!" he said.

Palladino also said he has no additional announcement at the moment regarding the schedule of U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, who is visiting Pyongyang for working-level talks with North Korea to prepare for the summit.

The North must immediately disclose its nuclear and missile programs. Verification and surveillance by experts will be indispensable, too.


The United States sustained more than 33,000 battle deaths in the Korean War, while the number of NKoreans killed, both military and civilian, has been estimated at about 1-M. Solutions to these hard issues will also be called for.

But negotiations between the two nations have shown little sign of moving forward against the backdrop of the Trump administration's skepticism about North Korea's intention to give up nuclear weapons. It is hard to understand why Trump takes an optimistic view of the North without going along with this assessment. More talks are therefore expected before the summit.

Officials have said that there must first be tangible progress in denuclearization negotiations between the USA and the North so that Washington can ease sanctions and allow inter-Korean cooperation projects to move forward. Schumer said Trump's foreign policy is "inside-out" with Trump "patting dictators on the back and attacking our allies".

While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, a confidential report by United Nations sanctions monitors seen by Reuters this week cast further doubt on North Korea's intentions.


Trump took up the matter during his first summit with Kim in Singapore in June at Abe's request.

"The U.S. side has sounded out a foreign ministers' meeting". Offshore smuggling, in which cargoes are transferred from ship to ship, is said to have been conducted repeatedly.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse". The worldwide community is called on to carry out sanctions strictly until denuclearization can be achieved.


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