fight fight, talk talk.–attributed to Mao Ze-dong
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.–Proverbs 16:18
To win without fighting is best.–Asian martial art maxim
I believe American army officers study Mao’s thoughts on war and international relations. Doubtless Kim Jong-un has read Mao’s writings. But Donald Trump is said not to read. Trump talks too much.
- Boasts that N. Korea was forced to negotiate by Trump’s threats.
- The idea that North Korea would unilaterally renounce nuclear weapons.
- Threat to walk out of summit meeting.
- Premature blather about a Nobel prize.
Trump and other officials talk too much; the Korean reaction is understandable and was predictable. Here are some excerpts:
High-ranking officials of the White House and the Department of State including John Bolton, White House national security adviser, are letting loose the assertions of a so-called Libya mode of nuclear abandonment: “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation”, “total decommissioning of nuclear weapons, missiles, biochemical weapons” etc, while talking about a formula of “abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards”.
North Koreans respect and seek to understand their enemy; they pay attention to Washington talk. Bragging about anticipated Korean capitulation to US demands was stupid if there was a serious interest in negotiations. Talk aimed to please domestic reactionaries is inconsistent with success in reaching agreement on Korea.
We have already stated our intention for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearisation is to put an end to the anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States.
Yes indeed, Kim sought negotiations and never offered capitulation. Any limitation on Korean nuclear weapons would reasonably depend on corresponding limitations on American nuclear threats.
If the Trump administration takes an approach to the DPRK-US summit with sincerity for improved DPRK-US relations, it will receive a deserved response from us. However, if the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-US summit.
There is a clear formula for success: study, plan, prepare, be patient, negotiate, avoid counterproductive talk.