North Korea and the United States may soon end the silent treatment that they have been according to each other. This will be a significant milestone in ending the tensions between Pyongyang and Washington regarding the realization of a fully denuclearized Korean peninsula. US Vice President Mike Pence has said that America is ready to hold talks with diplomats and officials from Pyongyang whenever they are ready to do so. However, there are quite a number of hurdles that Pence will need to jump before striking a deal with the repressive regime of Kim Jong Un.
President Trump has taken a tough stance saying that there wouldn’t be any constructive talks between the United States and North Korea if Kim Jong Un had not shown a sign of the goodwill of abandoning his ballistic nuclear weapons program. And although the top officials from the Trump administration including the secretary for the State department Rex Tillerson have said that they are open to talks with Pyongyang, their boss seems to have taken a more arrogant approach of it’s either his way or the high way. These developments are a result of the vice president’s visit to South Korea where he shared a platform with top officials from North Korea who included Kim’s blood sister and the ceremonial leader of North Korea.
Mike Pence was leading an American delegation which had taken US athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. During the trip, the US vice president had a meeting twice with the President of South Korea Moon Jae-In where they discussed on how to ease tensions in the peninsula while at the same time exerting maximum pressure on Pyongyang to bring its weapons program to a screeching halt and allow US and Un inspectors to visit the country to check for stockpiles of weapons of Mass destruction and completely destroy them. Pence told reports that the US will not suspend its economic sanctions against Pyongyang until they do a significant thing that both Seoul and Washington will perceive to be a significant step towards achieving a common goal of a fully denuclearized Korean peninsula.
Pence added that the maximum pressure by the United States on North Korea will continue and it is set to intensify if Kim Jong Un continues to be defiant of the resolutions passed by the United Nations. As part of Washington’s maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime, the US has imposed harsh economic sanctions that will deprive North Korea of the resources that it’s using as fuel for its weapons program.