This is going well.
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, warned last week that if the Biden administration “wants to sleep in peace for [the] coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
Now, officials won’t say whether or not they’ve managed to speak to North Korea to date.
“The content of our diplomacy with North Korea, we tend at this juncture to keep between us directly,” one of the officials said. “I will underscore that we have taken efforts, and will continue to take efforts, and we believe such diplomacy, in coordination with South Korea, Japan, and China, is in our best interest. We don’t want a situation where it is perceived that our door is not open to talk.”
We don’t want a situation in which we’re not pleading with a murderous dictator to please return our phone calls.
The Clinton administration’s sellout to North Korea, in which we showered the leftist regime with everything it wanted only to have it turn around and use those resources to develop its nuclear program, was really something special.
But the Biden administration may top Bill and Madeline.
North Korea conducted tests of short-range missiles last weekend on the heels of a tense meeting between the U.S. and China, as the new Biden administration continues to push for diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang, two senior administration officials told reporters on Tuesday.
The officials sought to downplay the implications of the tests, emphasizing to reporters that the administration does not view the tests as a “major provocation,” and instead perceives them as within the category of “normal military activity” for North Korea.
Anything North Korea does at this point is deemed normal military activity. It’s incredible how much the Biden admin is cringing even before North Korea has even done much of anything. There are the frantic pleas for dialogue and the urgent messages about how our diplomatic door is open.
The administration also plans to consult with China after it concludes its review, the official said, despite a very public blowup between U.S. and Chinese officials in Anchorage last week. “We will be engaging and debriefing China on our results and our proposed way forward in due course.”
China? This is really pathetic. And it’s barely the first year.