The president’s once-promising efforts to put an end to the Democratic Republic of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program have collapsed as quickly as they began. The Central Intelligence Agency has released a report that takes the wind out of Trump’s sails, announcing that the North Koreans have no intention of giving up their nuclear weapons whatsoever.
They are, however, willing to make a specific concession for President Trump, giving him a win on an issue close to his heart – and by close to his heart, we mean very close, as in clogging the valves and arteries in and around it.
National security officers revealed that “Kim Jong-un may consider offering to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a show of goodwill” – but the nuclear peace deal the President is convinced he’s going to achieve is off the table.
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Of course, when you consider recent events, it’s obvious to everyone that the North Koreans would be absolute fools to give up their nuclear weapons.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program in 2003 in a deal with President Bush. Ten years later he was murdered in the streets by US-backed rebels, his regime toppled by US airstrikes in a foreign intervention that sent the country spiraling into chaos and turned the once-stable country into a hotbed of terrorism and slavery.
The Islamic Republic of Iran agreed to mothball their nuclear weapons program in a historic peace treaty with President Obama in 2015, only to see it immediately ripped up as soon as Trump felt like he could get away with it.
Considering that the President’s new National Security Advisor, notorious warmonger John Bolton, has made it clear that he’s advocating for the “Libya model” of denuclearization in North Korea, Kim Jong-un is left with no other choice but to hold on to his warheads and missiles, the only proven deterrent to the insatiable hunger of American empire.
As much as the Koreas would like to be reunified through a peaceful solution – the progress that new South Korean president Moon Jae-in has made in such a short amount of time is evidence enough of that – President Trump has made it painfully clear that the United States cannot be trusted to follow through on any negotiations that we might agree to.
In any case, we all can agree that the Donald J. Trump Memorial McDonald’s restaurant in Pyongyang is a much more appropriate and realistic reward than his delusions of a Nobel Peace Prize.