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.
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.
North Korea released a new version of the pledge of allegiance that all North Koreans have been required to recite since 1970. The new pledge virtually eliminates any mention of the two previous rulers.
As much as we’d like it to be true, Mark Twain never said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Similarly, Isaac Asimov may or may not have said, “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those […]
“The true test of a statesman, then, is his ability to recognize the real relationship of forces and to make this knowledge serve his ends.” In his dealings with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Trump is practicing genuine realpolitik.
Needless to say, “holding onto our ankles” and “the past worked as fetters on our limbs” carry starkly different connotations. I will be interested to see how other Korean speakers translate Kim’s words