By: Brian Evans

For the first time in history, America’s North Korean Policy has not only changed, but it changed dramatically. President Trump ended America’s bribery and payoff plan, where we tried to buy North Korean cooperation. Also, we have finally abandoned the United Nations strategy of doing very little to enforce sanctions, or force North Korean cooperation. As a result, the out of control, and volatile nation has been forced by President Trump to become more cooperative, or face dire consequences for their defiance. In fact, President Trump took a hardline approach to the  rogue state. He has attacked North Korea from every angle. Trump has attacked North Korea with fiery rhetoric, and he has made North Korea one of America’s top national security issues. President Trump used massive sanctions to put a strangle-hold on North Korea’s ability to survive, let alone lauch an assault against South Korea, Japan, or the United States. In effect, President Trump has reversed course, and caught the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un off guard. In fact, when Kim Jong Un refused to halt his missile launch tests, President Trump  responded with even greater threats of “fire and fury.”

President Trump’s second wave of attacks involved sending massive military forces to South Korea, Japan, and the surrounding countries. The President’s show of “American military might,” along with arming of South Korea, Japan, and other countries with anti-missile systems, further created a fear throughout North Korea, that any attempt by Kim Jong Un to launch any form of missile with the intent to attack the United States, or our allies, would be met with “fire and fury,” and would result in America and our allies wiping North Korea off of the map. Then in November, the President further stepped up his attacks against North Korea, when he stood in front of the United Nations and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it became necessary. It was a move that none of his predecessors were willing to do, likely for fear of political fallout. However, President Trump is a President unlike any other. He is willing to do ‘whatever necessary,’ to protect America and Americans, despite potential political fallout. In fact, President Trump is one of the few Presidents in modern American history to be willing to risk his position, in order to do what is best for America. Also, President Trump’s rebuke of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the president’s open flirtation with nuclear war, pushed the International community toward action as well. For example, President Trump has negotiated and put pressure on countries like China, who have in the past, refused to apply pressure on North Korea. Once again, the President’s incredible negotiation skills paid off, and brought not only North Korea’s enemies to apply immense pressure on the rogue regime, but their biggest ally, China is now pressuring North Korea to end its apocalyptic endeavors. With China being responsible for 90% of its trade, this creates virtually unbearable pressure on the radical North Korean regime, and especially on Kim Jung Un. No President in history has been able to get such incredible cooperation from China.

Regardless of the Presidents success in dealing with North Korea, opponents to the President’s show of military muscle, claimed that the President was bringing us to the brink of war. President Trump’s harsh and forceful talk brought about condemnation from Progressive Democrats, Establishment RINO Republicans, Mainstream Media, and former Obama Administration officials. Just a small sample of Mainstream Media headlines include…

Then on May 10, 2018, the Obama Administration’s CIA Director John Brennan went on MSNBC to say that Kim Jong Un is ”masterful”, and said that Kim Jong Un had “Duped” President Trump on MSNBC. He slammed the President’s tactics, made it sound like North Korea had accelerated its nuclear program under President Trump, and said that President Trump had led the world to a point where we have a 25% chance of nuclear war, and less than a 0.1% chance of North Korean denuclearizing.

Some Mainstream Media Outlets even refused to acknowledge that it was President Trump’s actions that brought North Korea to the table.

Regardless of the President’s detractors, opponents, and the resistance, President Trump is an artist at the negotiating table. After all, the President full-well knowns that negotiations take place both inside and outside the board room, and his brash talk is likely not intended to make Kim Jung Un feel angered or threatened. It is likely to let his allies know, that when he shows himself to be cavalier, they should not question his motives. They should not question as to whether or not he will follow through on his promises. They should embrace his agenda and help to bring North Korea down to its knees. President Trump has proven to America that he is a man of his word, and he is now showing the world, that when he says something, he means it. He won’t use rhetoric or empty talk. He won’t tell you what he thinks you want to hear. He will tell you exactly what he thinks, and what he knows you need to hear.

In fact, following President Trump’s harsh talk, numerous countries curbed or cut off ties with North Korea. One being China, as they drastically cut off energy exports to North Korea, resulting in a real energy crisis in the rogue nation. Combining that with some of the toughest American and allied sanctions in history, North Korea is believed to be on the brink of financial insolvency and bankruptcy. In fact, on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Director of Defense Studies for the National Interest, Harry Kazanis explained how South Korean press has revealed that North Korea has been brought to the edge of a financial cliff. Kazanis said…

“By October, their foreign exchange reserves are probably going to be exhausted and their dollar reserves are going to be exhausted. So that means North Korea is essentially bankrupt,” Kazanis said. “You can’t build a lot of nuclear weapons and a lot of missiles when you have no money to do it.”

Harry Kazanis

Kazanis went on to point out that the North Korea’s economy is worth about $14 billion, compared to South Korea’s $1.2 trillion. He said that…

“Someday the North Korean state will collapse. And I think Kim realizes this. So this may be a historic moment. … So I think Trump has to explore it.”

Harry Kazanis

Therefore, North Korea has pinned itself into a corner, with Trump coalescing pressure from Japan, South Korea, the United Sates, and even China. As a result, the United Nations at the behest of the Trump Administration is implementing even more stringent sanctions against Kim Jung Un’s North Korean communist regime. These sanctions have reduced coal energy being shipped into North Korea by nearly 75%. As a result, North Korea has been put into an incredibly difficult situation, combined with Trump’s negotiations and sanctions with China against North Korea, and cooperation from Japan, and South Korea, Kim Jong Un has been subsequently cut-off. In the end, Trump’s North Korean strategy is leading to the imminent collapse of North Korea. Many believe that this is why President Trump has the military training and prepared for a ground invasion of North Korea. Not just as a pre-emptive strategy in case Kim Jung Un launches a nuclear attack against America or her allies, but as a post collapse strategy in order to prevent North Korea’s nuclear arsenal from falling into the wrong hands. In fact, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said

“We are not seeking the collapse of the North Korean regime. We are not seeking regime change. We are not seeking the accelerated reunification of the Korean Peninsula. And we are not seeking an excuse to send our military north of the border.”

Rex Tillerson, Former Secretary of State

Tillerson went on to say that…

“The most important thing to us, would be securing those nuclear weapons they’ve already developed and ensuring that they – that nothing falls into the hands of people we would not want to have it.”

Rex Tillerson, Former Secretary of State

Therefore, no matter if the North Korean leadership collapses, or if they try to lauch a barrage of missiles towards America or our Allies, in a final act of desperation, the Trump Administration has our troops prepared to react quickly and take out their ability to cause mass casualties.

It is difficult to see what is going on inside one of the most secretive and ruthless regimes in the world, but all indications point towards a nation that is fighting for survival. President Trump’s new approach is proving to make a difference against a regime who has gone un-hindered, un-challenged, and un-questioned for decades. In fact, President Trump is the first President who has been able get North Korea’s number one ally to clamp down on the ruthless and rogue regime, and now he is the first President to secure direct talks with the regime.  In fact, it is quite remarkable that within a few short months, North Korea had shifted from what seemed to be an inevitable military war, to being on the verge of an unprecedented meeting between U.S. and North Korean leaders. Furthermore, Kim Jong Un and North Korean leadership have vowed to reverse their country’s long-standing resistance to abandoning their nuclear arsenal.

When Kim Jong Un’s request for a meeting with the White House, President Trump swiftly accepted. A move that likely  won’t come without conditions for the brutal North Korean leader. Never-the-less, it is a development that is welcomed in the United States, and around the globe. Especially since the North Korean regime has consistently threatened to use nuclear weapons against American targets like Seoul, Japan, New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, and many other locations around the world.

During that same time period, a report from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo, said that the sanctions were hurting Kim’s regime in an “unprecedented” ways, particularly stalling North Korea’s ability to export goods for cash. Further indications that the nation was and continues to be on the brink of insolvency. Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un was trying to save face, and is reportedly claiming that denuclearization was his father’s “dying wish.” Ironically, his father, Kim Jong-il was firmly committed to the utilization of North Korean resources to build nuclear weapons, and not for humanitarian efforts to feed the millions of starving civilians throughout his country.

On May 10, 2018, President Trump agreed to a June 12th meeting between Kim Jong Un and Trump himself. A move that seemed to be going well until North Korea began using their usual probing tactics to see how far President Trump would bend…and bend he did not. In fact, CNBC reported

In a statement carried by state news agency KCNA, North Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan said his country will reconsider the historic June 12 meeting if the U.S. insists on Pyongyang relinquishing its nuclear weapons.

It was a complete reversal from Kim Jong Un’s previous statements where he had announced that North Korea would halt all nuclear and missile tests in their country, and the fact that Kim Jong Un briefed his ‘Workers Party (WPK) that

‘there was “no need” for such a nuclear program anymore.’

Kim Jong Un

Also, Reuters News Agency had  previously confirmed the KCNA report. Meanwhile, a Russian state site named Sputnik, said that…

North Korea will “join international efforts to halt nuclear tests altogether”

Kim Jong Un

North Korea fired their veiled threats after Vice President Mike Pence said on Fox News that…

“There was some talk about the Libya model,” Pence told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.  “As the President made clear, this will only end like the Libya model ended if Kim Jong Un doesn’t make a deal.”

Vice President Mike Pence

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency responded by releasing a high-ranking North Korean official’s statement that said…

“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”

North Korea

Then, the North Korea delegation failed to show up to the pre-summit talks with the United States delegation last week, combined with threats of war, and a statement that they would not denuclearize, President Trump reacted swiftly, and proved that he is not in the same mold as his political predecessors. Trump wrote Kim Jong Un a letter and officially cancelled their planned June 12th summit. President Trump blamed…

 “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement” for the cancellation, which he describes as “for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world.”

President Donald J. Trump

Full Text of the President’s letter below…

With past Administrations, the United States had always appeased the regime by alleviating sanctions, giving taxpayer money for monetary relief, or other methods to appease Kim Jong Un, but President Trump is no politician. In his letter he expressed his appreciation for Kim Jong Un’s…

“patience and effort,” and the “beautiful gesture of releasing hostages.”

President Donald J. Trump

Then President Trump made clear that the United States nuclear capabilities are

“so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never be used.”

President Donald J. Trump

In essence, President Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for what he had given to date, but made it clear that the United States of America will not be threatened, bullied, or blackmailed into concessions. Furthermore, Trump made it clear that he would not back down or alleviate sanctions without North Korean follow through. In addition, the letter served as a warning shot across the bow of China, so that they knew that the consequences of future conflict in North Korea continue to remain in place, regardless of Kim Jong Un’s defiance.

Meanwhile, it seems that the Vice President’s statement was the Administrations way of letting Kim Jong Un and North Korea know how serious the President and his Administration are about denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It is certainly a tactic that the North Korean’s are not used to. However, President Trump also made clear in his letter to Kim Jong Un that he continues to hope for a change of mind in the radical leader when he said…

“If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth.” 

President Donald J. Trump

Within hours, Kim Jong Un released the statement that read…

“We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problem(s) regardless of ways at any time.”

Kim Jong Un

President Trump acknowledged his statement as promising, and within a few days reported that talks for the summit with North Korea were “doing very well,” and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was back on track. President Trump stated…

“I think there’s a lot of goodwill. I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done”

President Donald J. Trump

He added that the discussions were “moving along very nicely,” and the June 12 date in Singapore looked to be very likely between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. Regardless, President Trump has proven to be a leader who is not easily manipulated. He is cunning and strategic, and the Singapore meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un is not like any that have come before. President Trump’s stubbornness and his ‘art of the deal’, have to make Kim Jong Un and Pyongyang leadership extremely nervous,  and for good reason. History shows that President Trump is skilled in negotiations, and it is extremely likely, that President Trump may prove to do the impossible. And that is to finally take the reins from North Korea, and return some sense of peace and tranquility to a region of the world that has been on edge for decades.

On Sunday, The President tweeted

“Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself. I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!”

President Donald J. Trump

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Trump for trying to get North Korea to meet and agree to dismantling its nuclear arsenal, and stated…

“I think the president has got the North Koreans in a place that any other president might not have managed to get done. He’s very willing to reach out in new directions through the South Korean president, willing to meet with the North Korean president but also willing to walk away.”

Senator Roy Blunt (MO-R)

A meeting Saturday between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a U.S. ally, renewed optimism.

On Friday, President Trump said…

“everybody plays games,” and in referring to North Korea, said “They very much want to do it, we want to do it, we’ll see what happens.” 

President Donald J. Trump

In the end, North Korea committed to full denuclearization twice before in 2005 and  2007, and with no  success. They were under six party talks, rather than two-party talks. Therefore, this summit and everything leading up to it is truly testing the President’s negotiating skills, and his ‘Art of the deal’. Even many of his ardent critics have begun to admit that the President’s negotiating skills are to be credited for the success with Kim. Even far left Progressive critics like former Obama Administration Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that…

“In some ways, Kim Jong-un may have met his match here with our very unconventional president” 

James Clapper, Former DNI

Ironically, much of the President’s success in dealing with North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un has to do with Trump’s negotiating skills, and his ‘Art of the Deal’, which was a 1987 book written by Trump himself. It was a #1 bestseller, and showcases some of his major strategies that he utilizes today. In fact, it could be said that he utilizes them in the White House in dealing with the press, elections, foreign leaders, and yes…Kim Jong Un.

Trump always likes to ‘think big, maximize his options, know his market,  know who he is going against, and use leverage to get a deal done. With North Korea, President Trump has gone big, used his and allied leverage, and seems to be squarely in the driver’s seat. Also, President Trump believes that you should get the word out, and use the media. He said…

“One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better…The point is that if you are a little different, a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”

Donald J. Trump

Also in ‘Art of the Deal’, President Trump stated that you have to fight back. He said…

“In most cases I’m very easy to get along with. I’m very good to people who are good to me. But when people treat me badly or unfairly or try to take advantage of me, my general attitude, all my life, has been to fight back very hard.”

Donald J. Trump

The President said in his book that you have to “Deliver the goods”. He stated that…

“You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.”

Donald J. Trump

Finally, Trump said that you must have fun. He stated…

“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

Donald J. Trump

Interestingly, the President has fun doing what others believe to be a rigorous and thankless job. The President has utilized twitter to ‘get out the word’, and as a tool to negotiate and handle his opponents. The Mainstream Media, Democrats, Hollywood, foreign oppositional leaders, and Establishment Rino’s struggle to find a way to combat his calculated and skilled approach in dealing with them. The President has also proven himself to be a fighter. A fighter in elections. A fighter against the barrage of Mainstream Media attacks. A fighter against the One-World Elitists. A Fighter against the attacks coming from so many places within the United States and abroad. Places like North Korea, where Kim Jong Un, who until now, has been in complete control of any so-called negotiations and deals with the United Nations and political leadership around the world. Like all who have come before, Kim Jong Un has lost that control to President Trump. He doesn’t know how to deal with a President who is just as skilled at negotiations outside the boardroom, as he is inside the boardroom. And there is only one thing that President Trump enjoys more than the fun of negotiations, he enjoys winning the most! Only now, President Trump is not simply winning for himself, or even winning for America. He is winning for the world, as he showcases his abilities to make the world a little safer in the ‘Art of the North Korean Deal‘.