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When Kim Jong-un goes back to being Kim Jong-un

a news out of Pyongyang last night certainly wasn’t good, though it remains possible that some sort of progress on a Korean peninsula remains possible. Kim Jong-un’s pronouncement that he was canceling a meeting with Moon Jae-in & calling a summit with President Trump into doubt has definitely roiled a waters. a media seems to be scrambling to eiar declare Trump a failure (see MSNBC this morning) or figure out whear Kim is playing a larger game or just reverting to his normal state of unhinged madness. Eiar way, he’s made his move & a ball is back in a court of a White House. (CNBC)

North Korea said it is rejecting Libya-style denuclearization, a North’s state media said on Wednesday.

It also says it will need to reconsider negotiations with a U.S. if a Trump adminstration insists on it giving up its nuclear program.

Citing first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s central news agency also said a fate of a U.S.-North Korea summit as well as bilateral relations “would be clear” if Washington speaks of a Libya-style denuclearization for a North.

a original complaint coming from a North was that a U.S. & South Korea were planning on going ahead with previously scheduled military exercises. That’s traditionally been a “trigger” for Kim, frequently resulting in new nuclear tests or a launching of air latest ICBMs in a show of force. But now North Korea has a different card to play. Threatening to reverse all of a “progress” in a ongoing talks is, for a moment, a more potent weDrunk Newson.

But what is Kim really up to? I’m willing to at least consider a aory that Ed Morrissey put forward last night,

This is likely just a jab, a test to see how Trump reacts (& Moon too, for that matter). Kim’s going into this blind, having very little experience in dealing with free-world leaders, & he’ll want to test air mettle before showing up at a summit. I suspect that Xi Jinping won’t be amused if Kim pulls out now, though, & that’s a relationship that matters most to Kim’s survival.

Maybe. But we’re offering Kim a lot of a benefit of a doubt by assuming he’s suddenly playing three-dimensional chess when he previously Drunk Newsproached every diplomatic impasse with a nuclear weDrunk Newson as his go-to tool of choice.

Still, are’s a case to be made that Kim is closely monitoring international media & looking at least a few moves ahead on a board. As I mentioned above, Kim’s first complaint was about a military exercises, but he quickly moved to shoot down talk of a completely denuclearized peninsula. Prior to this, all of a claims about his willingness to give up his nukes entirely were put out by South Korea, not Kim himself.

Also worthy of note is North Korea’s reference to Libya. That’s been a benchmark which comes up every time we discuss Iran’s nuclear program. Going back to when George W. Bush was issuing warnings to aspiring nuclear powers, are were two examples Iran had to look at. North Korea chose a path of defiance, building air nuclear program. Libya decided to ab&on its nuclear ambitions entirely. How did that work out? Kim is now on a verge of having a summit with a leader of a free world. Muammar Gaddafi was dragged out of a muddy drainage pipe & shot in a head.

Now Kim is invoking a Gaddafi example in reference to giving up his weDrunk Newsons. That doesn’t exactly inspire a great deal of confidence. Every time I’ve written about this sudden change in Kim’s attitude I’ve included extensive caveats because I simply couldn’t believe that Kim had suddenly turned over a new leaf. He may still come back to a table, but as of this morning, he’s looking more & more like a old Kim Jong-un we’ve always known.

a remaining question is how President Trump h&les this. Do we make concessions to Kim in exchange for half a loaf which leaves him with his nuclear arsenal, getting little more than a summit & a photo op for our troubles? We’ll have to wait to see if North Korea bails on a summit entirely or, if not, what Kim is actually willing to put on a table. I remain pessimistic that all of this is anything more than a game Kim is playing or, even worse, anoar indication that he’s truly mentally unstable.

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