Daniel Greenfield, Weakness is a pretty clear message and the message has been received. It was received in Iran, in China, and in North Korea.
Everything it’s been received our enemies have responded by pushing the limit to see how much they can get away with.
The Norks are no different.
North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor, thought to have been shut down since December 2018, is apparently operating again, according to the U.N. atomic agency. “Since early July, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operations of the reactor,” said a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. The reactor is allegedly producing plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, according to Gary Samore of Brandeis University.
That would put this within the window of Biden’s withdrawal announcement. Not to mention his previous kowtowing to Iran.
Under these conditions, why shouldn’t North Korea play Biden like a fiddle?
Pyongyang has also ignored overtures made by the Joe Biden administration since it took office in January, while warning Seoul and Washington of a “serious security crisis” for staging their regular joint military exercise this month.
During his Seoul visit, the special US envoy for the North said he and his South Korean counterpart had discuss possible humanitarian assistance to the North.
“We are holding discussions with the US to enable humanitarian cooperation with North Korea in various areas,” Noh said.
So we get to provide the aid that helps maintain the socialist dictatorship while pleading with the Norks to give us another chance.
The Biden administration is really showing the world some strong leadership.