The United States has been “hostile to North Korea since the end of World War II” and Washington will never normalize relations with Pyongyang, according to American writer and political commentator Stephen Lendman.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has dismissed reports that the administration of President Donald Trump is considering agreeing to a “freeze” of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as opposed to a more comprehensive denuclearization deal.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Trump administration officials had been mulling a deal with Pyongyang to halt production of new nuclear material as a way to kickstart another round of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The Times said the idea behind the plan was aimed at stopping North Korea’s nuclear arsenal from expanding, but would not dismantle North Korea’s existing arsenal of weapons.
American author and radio host from Chicago Lendman told Press TV in an interview on Monday, “The US has been hostile to North Korea since the end of World War II when the Korean peninsula was divided between the North and South. It was a terrible arrangement. The same thing happened in Vietnam, but they reunited after 30 years of war the country became one again.”
“There already has been one US war against North Korea. Harry Truman’s war from 1950 to 1953. It cost him his re-election when people in America were more energized against war than they are now. Harry Truman’s approval rating became the lowest among any US president. Only George W. Bush came close to match his lowest approval ratings,” he added.
“The idea that the US would normalize relations with North Korea is a pipedream. It’s never happened since the 1940s. There is no chance it will happen now. There have been two summits between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. They accomplished nothing because the US made unacceptable demands and North Korea would not go along with them. No responsible leadership will go along with the demands that the US made,” he stated.