This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.
The mask of Kim Jong-un’s charm offensive has slipped lately, exposing anew his dynasty’s default setting of thuggish bullying. In this instance, that involved virulent denunciations of senior U.S. officials and renewed warnings of nuclear war.
But the North Korean tyrant finally faces an American president who is not going to tolerate such behavior. President Trump’s response might be called “applied Peace through Strength.”
The West’s past practice has been to grovel when the Kims act this way, sometimes even rewarding them for doing so. By contrast, Donald Trump cancelled the U.S.-North Korea summit planned for June 12th.
Within hours, Kim Jong-un was trying to be charming again, expressing his desire to talk anytime, anywhere. President Trump’s right to insist that, for such a conversation to be worthwhile, its agreed purpose must be the complete, prompt and verifiable denuclearization of Kim’s regime.
This is Frank Gaffney.