With all the personal insults that have flown between Trump and Kim — “Little Rocket Man” and “dotard” being the most memorable — I’m surprised that no one has talked about how personally insulting the latest Korean broadside is.
The State Department on Tuesday departed from the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization” language, speaking instead of “the final, fully-verified denuclearization of the DPRK.” The difference is subtle, and yet striking.
Police on Wednesday afternoon announced that Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, two Britons found unconscious on Saturday, had not overdosed on narcotics but were in fact the victims of Novichok poisoning.
No one said the road to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula would be a smooth one. North Korea’s long history of deceit, duplicity, and double-dealing is no secret, and for the moment, it is safe to assume they’re going to continue doing what they’ve always done.