The MSM appears to be on a crusade to derail the Korean peace initiative:
North Korea has made numerous significant concessions. They’ve halted missile and nuclear testing and are in the process of closing their nuclear testing site. Most significantly, they are open to a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula without demanding 30,000 US troops withdraw from South Korea.
President Trump praised North Korea’s moves, and while confirming a “long way” to go before finalizing a deal, gave an upbeat assessment. Not everyone is pleased with the prospect of peace in Korea. A number of major media outlets are trying to find cold war to throw on the proceedings.
That’s easier said than done. All the very meaningful deals and announcements of the last four months adds up to a lot. That Reuters managed to find three South Koreans and one Japanese person who were skeptical means comparatively little. That they’re going to such great lengths to put a negative spin on the talks at all, however, may be much more important.
The Washington Post is also looking for reasons to be suspicious about North Korea’s promises. The New York Times is trying to portray China as an obstacle to progress on a deal. They further cited unnamed US and South Korean officials as believing North Korea’s peace overtures were a trick to get big concessions out of them. Even the Associated Press chimed in with a list of diplomatic efforts that have failed.
68 years of war in North Korea has a lot of momentum behind it. Instead of allowing that status quo to be threatened, establishment press figures seek to derail the effort quickly.
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We could have had peace in Korea LONG ago. Why do we keep derailing it? Just to have leverage over China?
I would not attach too much importance to claims that North Korea is lying to us. After all, didn't the US make 500 treaties with native Americans ... and then break every single one of them? North Korea would be wise to heed the warnings from Iran to not negotiate with us. They'd be better off signing a peace treaty with South Korea, unifying the two countries, and then demanding the US remove our troops from the region.
I'd be in favor of that, too. To paraphrase Mao Zedong, do democracy and free trade grow out of the barrel of a gun? No, they do not.