A national defense analyst believes North Korea's recent hostile actions are a sign that President Trump's relationship with dictator Kim Jong Un is on the skids.
North Korea recently fired artillery near a disputed sea boundary with South Korea -- a sign of Kim's impatience regarding nearly two years of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons program. The action comes after the Pyongyang regime issued a statement claiming it has gained "nothing but a sense of betrayal" since June 2018, when Kim and President Trump committed to establishing a new relationship. The statement also asserts that North Korean-U.S. relations are "currently imbalanced" and "can no longer be allowed."
"I've always been skeptical about any attempts on our part to build a meaningful relationship with Chairman Kim," comments Bob Maginnis, author of Progressive Evil. "We went to Singapore in June of 2018 with great expectations and then ... came away from there with some promises that never really materialized."
Subsequent meetings failed to yield any results, which prompted the North Korean dictator to issue his ultimatum. Maginnis believes the rogue regime will accelerate provocative measures, such as launching more missile and even a nuclear test.
"That could be dangerous, but that's part and parcel what we're dealing with," he adds.
With China continuing to be North Korea's puppet master, Maginnis sees no improvement in the situation on the horizon.