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Pyongyang in search of all-out support following failed deal with USA

23.06.2019
Article from AFRIC Editorial
The denuclearization of North Korea is once again at the center of international concerns of the day. During President Xi Jinping's latest state visit to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, on Friday, June 20, the issue was once again put on the table by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is a means for the latter to seek to obtain the support of Beijing her close neighbor, who is in an open arm wrestling between Pyongyang and Washington over the denuclearization of North Korea.

The local press reports that President Xi Jinping, who received a warm welcome on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of relations between the two countries, said he was ready to develop a big plan with North Korea , in order to achieve “permanent peace” on the peninsula.

It is worth remembering that the latest upsurge of tension around North Korea’s nuclear energy began in February 2019 at the Hanoi Summit where US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un tried in vain to agree on the principle of a “grand agreement” on the denuclearization of North Korea. This important meeting only gave birth to more disagreement, a real fiasco.

According to Ms. Choe Son Hui, North Korean Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, at this Summit said  her country has “no intention of giving in to US demands in any way” and that the discussion is really closed on this. She pointed an accusing finger at the “attitude” of Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and John Bolton, White House Security Advisor for “creating an atmosphere of hostility and of distrust ”. And the arm wrestling is open. Thus, to trigger the showdown with Washington is a challenge. Aware of the stakes, Kim Jong-un has started, without further ado, a campaign of seeking support from some friendly countries, in order to meet any eventuality.

Pyongyang’s expectations, which were clearly expressed to the Chinese President, were already presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 25. On April 24, Kim Jong-un paid a state visit to Vladivostok, Russia, for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in order to gain the support of Moscow, his former ally in the war cold. Contrary to the tense climate of the Hanoi Summit, it is rather in an atmosphere of relaxation and conviviality that the North Korean President was received by Vladimir Putin. The same expectations of Kim Jong-un have been put on the table of the Kremlin and seem to have a favorable echo. ” I am sure that your visit today to Russia will help us to better understand how we can solve the situation on the Korean peninsula, and what Russia can do to support the positive trends that are currently taking place ”, said the Russian President, at the end of the meeting.

Note that in this campaign of mobilization of support, Kim Jong-un was not limited to the communist countries, since his Deputy Prime Minister honored with his presence on June 12, alongside other African Presidents on the occasion of  the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day and the official start of the second term of office of President Muhammadu Buhari. A way for Pyongyang to realize a broad diplomatic boost, in anticipation of a possible coup of the American President in this North Korean nuclear soap opera.

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