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US resilience towards North Korea’s nuclear program

Tehran, US current treatment of North Korea's nuclear issue and its alleged bid to denuclearize the southeast Asia nation shows very clearly that President Donald Trump has opted to withdraw from his previous hard line stance.

All signs are indicative of the failure of Washington's bullying strategies in its approach to North Korea's nuclear activities.

If the US bullying military approach were to bring Pyongyang to its knees, it should have happened two decades ago. But the language of coercion and bully used by the United States against North Korea never worked out, rather the world witnessed the country's military nuclear program getting on a faster track after 1994.

That was why Americans returned to the negotiating table though, this time again, the nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang hosted by Beijing produced no fruits as a result of coercion strategy and military threats adopted by the latter.

Began in 2003, the nuclear talks terminated in 2009 when North Korea announced that because of enduring disagreements with the US the country could not engage in further talks with American officials and after the end of nuclear negotiations Pyongyang increased the number of its ballistic missiles and nuclear tests.

The White House in the run-up to the first meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, took a hard line stance, saying denuclearization should start without delay, and after the meeting, it spoke of the process beginning very quickly.

Even Trump's National security Advisor John Bolton set a one-year time limit for the job to be completed, but officials in Pyongyang were very quick to react, warning against the US unilateral gangster-like demands.

That maybe the main reason behind Trump's withdrawal from its hard line approach in dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue.

Now President Trump says there is no time limit for Pyongyang to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

We have no time limit. We have no speed limit. We're just going through the process, the US president said in Washington after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Trump says the US sanctions against North Korea are still in place. On the hand, three American prisoners have been released by Pyongyang and North Korea has not testfired a new missile nor has it conducted another nuclear test.

But there are numerous rumors and news stories suggesting Pyongyang has done nothing to denuclearize, rather it has developed its nuclear arsenals.

It is believed that the United States has come to realize that by adopting a language of coercion or setting time limits it cannot deal with the North Korean nuclear issue. It is highly probable that the change in Trump's stance and the resilience exercised by him are out of the US growing worries about failure of nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

Observers, on the other hand, argue that by putting pressure on North Korea or imposing sanctions on the country or any other countries by the US, no constructive results will be produced and that such measures are not going to help solve critical issues.

Written by: Massoud Ahmadi, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Correspondent in Beijing, China

Abridged and translated by: Reza Bahar

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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