We all remember how tensions escalated for a year between North Korea and the United States.
Trump responded with some of the harshest sanctions ever placed on any nation.
Then suddenly, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was open for talks and agree to total denuclearization.
However, many reports indicate that he has not taken many, if any, steps to denuclearize his nation, leading many to believe that Kim’s talks with President Trump were nothing more than a ruse.
However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says that North Korea’s economy is in such dire condition that Kim cannot afford to back out of the agreement and will be forced to comply.
(Time-Bloomberg) – North Korea’s economy is in such dire straits that the reclusive nation can’t afford to go back on a promise to Donald Trump to wind down its nuclear program, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview with Le Figaro.
Speaking to the French daily ahead of a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, Moon explained why he believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will deliver on the pledges made at his historic summit with the U.S. leader in June.
“North Korea’s economy is in huge difficulty due to international sanctions,” Moon said, according to a transcript distributed by his presidential office. “If it breaks the agreement, it will not be able to afford the retribution from the U.S. and the international community.”
While North Korea’s economy has been impoverished for decades, the international community is hungry for news about the impact of the latest round of United Nations sanctions…
In the announcement from South Korea, they say that they are willing to ease their sanctions against North Korea in an effort to re-open roads and railways between the two nations.
Russia and China continue to condemn the United States for keeping the harsh sanctions in place, believing that the tentative agreement signed by Kim and Trump should be sufficient.
Trump has vowed to keep the sanctions in place until Kim has kept his promise and destroyed all of his nuclear weapons.
Based on North Korea’s long track record of not living up to agreements, Trump is right in keeping the sanctions in place until North Korea has complied.
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