Just days after North and South Korean officials held historic talks at the de-militarized zone between the two nations, dictator Kim Jong Un is already demanding major concessions from South Korean authorities; insisting that Seoul ceases all military drills with the United States.
The North Korean government announced Friday its demand that the South cease all joint military operations with the US, saying the “war rehearsal” could result in a “catastrophe” for the entire Korean peninsula.
“They should totally stop the military drills, not just delay them,” said a propaganda website based in Pyongyang, commenting on Seoul’s decision to suspend drills with the American military until after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Kim’s demands come after a thawing of relations between the two countries, which have technically been at a state of war since 1950. Earlier this month, despot Kim Jong Un wished his southern neighbors “great success” in hosting the upcoming Olympics.
Less than a week later, North and South Korean delegations agreed to allow athletes from the communist regime to participate in the international competition; traveling to the south with politicians, officials, and state-run media.
President Trump hailed the easing of tensions on the peninsula, but urged the international community to proceed with caution, saying “we’ll see what happens.”
BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
DOOMSDAY BACK ON: Kim Says Nuclear Weapons ‘ONLY AIMED’ at USA
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un attempted to smooth relations with South Korea and other nations in the region on Tuesday, telling world leaders that their nuclear arsenal was “only aimed” at the United States; re-confirming the communist nation’s intentions of furthering its advances missile program.
According to Fox News, Ri Son Gwon, the head of the hermit kingdom’s five-person delegation speaking with South Korea for the first time in over two years, told his counterparts that there were no nuclear weapons currently aimed at South Korea, only the United States’ mainland.
“North Korea’s weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russia,” Ri told South Korean officials. He specifically did not mention the staunch US ally of Japan.
The easing of tensions between North and South Korea comes just days after dictator Kim Jong Un wished his southern neighbors “great success” as they prepare to host the 2018 Winter Games. In response, delegations from both nations agreed to “ease military tensions” ahead of the international competition.
President Trump harshly criticized North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on social media last week, warning the despot that he too had a “nuclear button,” but unlike Kim’s the United States nuclear arsenal “actually works.”