Now that he’s gotten the world’s attention, “Little Rocket Man” has spent a week testing its patience.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un got in a snit over exercises involving nuclear-capable B-52 bombers that the US, Japan and South Korea were planning to conduct over the Korean Peninsula. Kim threatened to cancel ongoing talks with the South.
Days earlier, he said he might pull out from meeting President Trump on June 12 in Singapore. Kim was mad at National Security Advisor John Bolton’s call for North Korea to completely denuclearize.
It may have been Bolton’s choice of comparison that miffed him. Bolton appeared to extol Libya’s move to denuclearize, though that country’s dictator, Moammar Khadafy, was eventually deposed and killed.
Trump tried to placate Kim by disavowing Bolton’s remarks. As for the training over the Korean Peninsula, the US removed the B-52s from the program.
The antics are crimping what appeared to be remarkable progress toward reducing the North Korean threat to world peace and boosting ties between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington, DC.
Kim has also barred South Koreans from joining an international group of journalists who are planning to witness the dismantling of a nuclear weapons test site. The move came just a week after promises of “transparency” from Kim.