Now Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal, by Gareth Porter

The mainstream media are following the orders of their Deep State masters and trying to sabotage a potential US-North Korea agreement before Trump and Kim Jong-un ever reach the negotiating table. From Gareth Porter at antiwar.com:

In an interview with Fox News on April 29, Donald Trump’s new National Security Adviser John Bolton tossed a grenade into the process of planning for the Trump-Kim summit. “We have very much in mind the Libyan model from 2003-2004,” he said in regard to the problem of North Korean denuclearization. It was a very obvious deliberate effort to provoke a breakdown in talks between then CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the North Koreans by invoking an historical episode that would infuriate Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un took more than two weeks before his government issued a stern warning to Trump about Bolton’s suggestion. In a major statementaddressed to the Trump administration, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan attacked Bolton’s remark as an “awfully sinister move” to impose “the destiny of Libya or Iraq” on North Korea. And he warned against the “so-called Libyan model of nuclear abandonment,” adding, “We have already stated our intention of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearization is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States.” Kim was thus making it clear that North Korea was open to giving up its nuclear weapons but not to giving them away before the United States had taken steps to assure the regime’s security from US attack.

Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both sought to reassure Kim that the administration had no intention of imposing a Libyan solution on North Korea. “The Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all, when we’re thinking of North Korea,” Trump told reporters, clearly separating himself from what Bolton had suggested.

Under the circumstances, one might have expected the corporate media to have reported that the North Koreans had pushed back against a malicious Bolton effort to sabotage the summit, and that Bolton had been effectively rebuked as a result. Instead, however, major news outlets portrayed the North Korean response as evidence that the Kim regime was backing away from a commitment to denuclearization and was up to the same old North Korean political-diplomatic trick of manipulating Trump to gain unfair political advantage.

To continue reading: Now Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal

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