by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
Well it looks like they were all wrong. President Donald J. Trump’s “tough” approach has apparently worked: Kim just backed down.
Trump is the first American President to get North Korea to blink and stand down in 40+ years.
North Korea backed down Monday from a threat to fire missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam, according to a North Korean state media report cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Dictator Kim Jong-un had decided against the missile attack, according to the report, after making preparations to launch it. He added that North Korea was still ready to attack Guam if the U.S. continued to make “arrogant provocations” and “unilateral demands.”
But the reversal is an “unprecedented move” by any North Korean leader in at least four decades.
North Korea’s decision to back down is a major victory for the United States, as it was achieved with no concessions to the regime, and after a sustained “Twitter war” of words with President Donald Trump.
Trump was roundly criticized by politicians from both parties and by the media for his responses to North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches, and to news that the regime could miniaturize a nuclear warhead. Trump threatened “fire and fury” and declared that U.S. military plans were “locked and loaded.” His critics, including former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice, accused him of escalating the situation. Rice stunningly even recommended appeasement: “[W]e can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”
However, Trump’s method of one-upping Kim-Jong-un’s belligerent rhetoric seems to have worked, as Trump cast himself as even more unpredictable than the infamously impetuous tyrant.
And doubling his victory, the President also succeeded in pressuring China diplomatically to squeeze North Korea: the Chinese suggested last week that they would not defend North Korea if it attacked the U.S., as long as the anticipated U.S. retaliation did not actually try to end the regime itself.
Hint: Now look for 3 way talks with North Korea, China and the U.S. — on OUR terms.