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Washington can never be trusted. Its promises are consistently broken. Accepting US pledges at face value is hazardous. Washington has been in a state of undeclared war on the DPRK since adoption of the uneasy 1953 armistice.
What’s going on post-mid-June Kim Jong-Un/Trump summit talks is reminiscent of how US/DPRK relations unravelled earlier.
In 1994, US/North Korean talks were held. An Agreed Framework was signed.
Pyongyang agreed to replace its nuclear power plant program with a light water nuclear reactor, along with steps toward normalizing relations with Washington.
The Clinton regime agreed to build two light-water reactors by 2003. It promised to supply Pyongyang with 500,000 tons of heavy fuel annually.
US sanctions would be lifted. The DPRK would no longer be designated a state sponsor of terrorism.
Both countries agreed to provide “formal assurances” against threatened or actual use of nuclear weapons.
Pyongyang agreed to allow Washington to monitor its nuclear sites. The deal collapsed after GW Bush called North Korea part of an axis of evil in his first State of the Union address.
The DPRK upheld its part of the deal. Washington systematically breached it, reneging on its word. North Korea responded by resuming plutonium enrichment.
In August 2003, six-party talks were initiated, involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, America and Japan.
In 2005, Pyongyang pledged to abandon “all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.” In 2009, talks broke down following disagreements over verification, along with international condemnation of a DPRK ballistic missile test – what many other countries do without criticism of their programs.
Hostility and betrayal defined US policy toward North Korea throughout its post-WW II history.
Washington breached earlier agreements, not Pyongyang – eager for rapprochement and normalized relations, what the US consistently rejected.
Is this time different with the most extremist/belligerent ever US regime in power?
Since Kim/Trump summit talks in mid-June, US relations toward North Korea deteriorated. Trump regime hardliners demand everything in return for empty promises.
Russia is furious about a leaked confidential UN report on the DPRK – prior to discussion by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee members on North Korea,