‘You’re Out Of Time!’ North Korea Sends Trump Dire Warning After Failing To Keep Promises
North Korea’s state news agency KCNA published a threat from the country’s State Affairs Commission on Wednesday, warning the United States to drop military drills with South Korea and renew negotiations or there will be devastating consequences.
“We explicitly defined the joint military drill being planned by the U.S. and South Korea as a main factor of screwing up tensions of the Korean peninsula and the region out of control,” the statement reads.
“Despite our repeated warnings, the US and the South Korean side decided to push ahead with the military drill hostile to the DPRK at the most sensitive time,” the statement reads.
According to The Washington Post, North Korea has imposed a year-end deadline for the US to come up with a strategy for reopening dialogue between the two countries, or else.
But while the statement is clear that North Korea is dissatisfied, it’s not clear what the consequences of that dissatisfaction are.
“What really may matter the most is they haven’t said what they’re going to do, or when they’re going to do it, so his options are open,” Joshua Pollack, Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury University, told Business Insider. “The vagueness of the warnings seems pretty eye-catching to me.”
“They are leaving it to our imagination. Some people don’t think that they have any plan at all, they’re out of options and this is just huffing and puffing.”
Pollack also indicated that the message was meant as a justification for North Korea’s unwillingness to engage in talks with the US, particularly after discussions in Sweden and Vietnam ended badly.
“It’s an attempt to shield themselves from blame for the failure of this process,” Pollack said.
“He’s indicating that he feels Trump’s promises have not held up. I think that’s the theme here,” he said. “This is the straw that’s broken the camel’s back, you’re out of time.