North Korea may appear to have extended an olive branch to the United States but it doesn’t mean everyone is onboard the idea of maintaining peaceful relations with the West. Not especially the North Korean media.
News reports that United States President Donald Trump had accepted an invitation for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was widely accepted as a big step; albeit a cautious one, toward achieving peace with a nation that not too long ago had every intent to attack South Korea, Japan, Guam and the U.S. west coast.
The world has South Korean President Moon Jae-In for initiating warmer, friendlier relations with Kim and President Trump for showing the rogue leader that the free world would not stand for his threats of nuclear war.
While representatives from South Korea, North Korea and the United States are working on having the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim push through via back-door channels, North Korean media has reverted to Pyongyang’s original course of destruction by attacking the U.S. and globalization.
Rodung Sinmun, North Korea’s communist state paper, ran a column blaming the United States for the increase in global arms or weapons proliferation from the period of 2008 to 2012:
“U.S. arms are flooding the countries and areas in which the military confrontation is acute. The U.S. is the world’s biggest arms dealer as in the past.
“It is due to the U.S., the top class war merchant that spawns war and massacre in different parts of the world through large-scale arms sale, going against the desire of mankind for peace and stability. The warmonger is not in a position to talk about peace.”
Is the editorial a preview of how Kim Jong-Un plans to frame its terms and conditions for denuclearization? Is the communist state paper on the early stages of pre-conditioning the minds of North Koreans not to accept peace with the United States in the time of Kim Jong-Un?
In an earlier article, the newspaper also attacked the principle of globalization by challenging its ideology that human rights should apply to all people and that government should abide by them:
“Globalization is the imperialists’ world domination strategy aimed to achieve the hegemonic ambition with ease through the Western view of value. The imperialists force globalization on other countries, asserting that it gives everyone an equal opportunity and makes it possible to create global ideology and culture that can be shared by all and to increase the productivity and efficiency by optimizing the use of resources.”
But what about the world view of its biggest trading partner and ally about globalization? President Xi Jinping of China has a clearly different, more patronizing view on globalization.
During a speech in 2017, President Xi shared his belief that globalization was inevitable:
“In pursuing economic globalization, we should make it more open, more inclusive, more balanced, more equitable and more beneficial to all. Globalization is an irreversible, historical trend.”
As the world waits with bated breath for the confirmation of the meeting between President Trump and Kim, it is clear that not everyone shares the view that achieving long-lasting peace is the best solution between two countries which just a year earlier had the world at the mercy of a red button.