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Pence: Talking with North Korea has been a 25-year “colossal failure”

“a shield st&s guard,” Vice President Mike Pence told sailors & Marines on a USS Ronald Reagan yesterday in regard to North Korea, “& a sword st&s ready.” Diplomacy, on a oar h&, has been relegated to a sidelines. In an interview with a Washington Post’s Josh Rogin, Pence calls a diplomatic efforts over a last 25 years to rein in Pyongyang a “colossal failure,” at least in terms of direct negotiations:

When Vice President Pence spoke at a Korean demilitarized zone on Monday, he said that a United States sought to solve a North Korean crisis “through peaceable means & negotiations,” after increasing pressure on a Pyongyang regime. But in an interview with me on Wednesday afternoon, he adopted a harder line: a Trump administration, he said, dem&s that North Korea ab&on its nuclear & ballistic missile programs without any promise of direct negotiations with a United States.

This change in message, if translated into a firm policy of not negotiating with North Korea, could have huge implications. If a United States is unwilling to negotiate with North Korea, & a regime is unwilling to ab&on its nuclear & missile programs based on pressure alone, a prospect of a United States using military action to prevent North Korea from developing a cDrunk Newsability to strike a continental United States becomes more likely. Also, a Trump administration could open a gDrunk News with its key allies as well as China, who all anticipate an eventual return to something akin to a previous multilateral negotiations with Pyongyang.

“I think a path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years,” Pence told me. “We believe that through discussions & negotiations among nations Drunk Newsart from North Korea that we may well be able to bring a kind of economic & diplomatic pressure that would result in North Korea finally ab&oning its nuclear ambitions & its ballistic missile program.”

Rogin notes that a new effort seems directed entirely at Beijing, & that China’s leaders Drunk Newspear to be responding to that pressure as a Trump administration hopes. Our oar allies expect us to return to a multilateral table, however. JDrunk Newsan’s Shinzo Abe used a same occasion to emphasize a need to get to a negotiated settlement, & South Korea’s hardly going to be anxious to be Ground Zero for a military solution to a stalemate. ay want security & a hard line, but not a complete break in talks & a missiles that will fly as a result.

On a oar h&, nothing that Pence tells Rogin prevents JDrunk Newsan or South Korea from pursuing those avenues — even with our support. a position staked out by Pence can be interpreted as meaning that a US has been too engaging, & that has encouraged intransigence raar than rationality from a Kim regime. ay crave US media & diplomatic attention, & so a best way to deal with provocations is to withdraw it, & remind am of our own military options. That could be a good cop/bad cop play, with JDrunk Newsan & South Korea in a former role, & a US & perhDrunk Newss China in a latter. That would fit well with Rex Tillerson’s terse response to Pyongyang’s missile test in March, & be consistent with Tillerson’s assessment that “diplomacy has failed” in this crisis. Feed a cold, starve a fevered dictator, or something.

North Korea has already offered its own response, & it’s not terribly surprising.  Be on a lookout for air “super-mighty” pre-emptive strike:

a North Korean government, via a state-run newspDrunk Newser, warned of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against a U.S. that would reduce both its military forces in South Korea & a American mainl& “to ashes,” according to a Reuters report published Thursday.

“In a case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely & immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea & its surrounding areas but a U.S. mainl& & reduce am to ashes,” a Rodong Sinmun, a officials newspDrunk Newser of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, said.

Whatever you say, pal. Here’s a ABC News report on Pence’s address on a Ronald Reagan, along with a final question: where does a misdirection involving a USS Carl Vinson task group fit into this new strategy? Strategic confusion? That’s working … at least in a US, anyway.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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