North Korea Has Good Reason to Be Wary of a Trump Deal

Though Trump’s threats against North Korea have lacked some of the grace with which his predecessors operated, to Pyongyang, U.S diplomacy has been marked by 65 years of broken promises and outright aggression.

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PYONGYANG -- Is lasting peace possible on the Korean Peninsula? The answer to that question may depend on whether Donald Trump follows the well-worn path of his predecessors. If the president’s latest stunt -- temporarily calling off talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over an insult Kim Jong Un slung at Vice-President

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Scream Loudly and Carry a Nuclear Arsenal: The Dangers of Trump’s “Nuclear Diplomacy”

The Trump administration is being credited with the recent breakthrough in resolving hostilities on the Korean peninsula, as threats of nuclear annihilation are defined as a form of “unorthodox diplomacy.”

President Donald Trump, left, listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a joint news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2017. President Donald Trump, on his first day on the Korean peninsula, signaled a willingness to negotiate with North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program, urging Pyongyang to "come to the table" and "make a deal." (AP/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON  -– To the surprise of many, it was announced earlier this week that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had agreed to consider ending its nuclear and ballistic missile program, while also being open to talks with the United States to resolve the inflamed tensions between the two nations. According to South Korean

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Inter-Korea Talks Score Gold at Olympics as US ‘Autopilot’ Diplomacy Wipes Out

While the two Koreas took the first halting steps toward becoming one, Mike Pence sat boorish and stone-faced, like an emperor giving the thumbs-down to both gladiators. The U.S. and Trump’s vested interest in perpetual conflict was on display for the whole world to see.

North Korea supporters wave the Korean unification flag ahead of the pairs free skate figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP/Bernat Armangue)

PYEONGCHANG, KOREA -- North Korea’s participation in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics drew thunderous applause from crowds at the games and a flurry of press coverage hailing the unfolding diplomatic process between Seoul and Pyongyang. While talks between the delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) --

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This What Happened When Americans Were Asked To Find North Korea On A Map

Respondents who could correctly identify North Korea tended to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not.

Where’s Ukraine? Each dot depicts the location where a U.S. survey respondent situated Ukraine; the dots are colored based on how far removed they are from the actual country, with the most accurate responses in red and the least accurate ones in blue. (Data: Survey Sampling International; Figure: Thomas Zeitzoff/The Monkey Cage)

In April 2014, just as the Ukraine conflict (and proxy civil war) was hitting its climax, in the process undermining US-Russian relations for years, some 2,066 Americans were asked to show where the Ukraine was on a map. The result, while leaving something to be desired, was not terrible. Fast forward to this weekend, when the NYT repeated

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Trump Warns New South Korea President Against Dialogue With North Korea

President Moon is likely to pursue diplomacy with or without America’s blessing, particularly with both China and Russia endorsing a diplomatic tack that the US sees as contrary to their own ambitions.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in waves to supporters upon his arrival outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2017, (AP/Lee Jin-man)

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has made clear he wants to get reconciliation talks going with North Korea, and took a bit of a shot at US sanctions pushes in comments yesterday, saying he thinks sanctions should only be considered as a tool to get North Korea to the table for talks. The Trump Administration has insisted in recent weeks

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White House: ‘The Clock Has Now Run Out’ On North Korea

The rhetoric is seen more as a message to China than a practical threat to North Korea.

North Korean traffic police women chat next to a residential building while off duty Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The US has been talking up the idea of “all options” being on the table against North Korea, unilateral military attacks in particular, for weeks now, and appears to be stepping up that narrative again today, declaring that “the clock has now run out” on North Korea. It’s not clear this actually means imminent US action, or even that such action

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