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North Korea has long been part of worldwide love/hate relationship.

People love to hate North Korea’s “hermit kingdom” due to its oppressive and totalitarian communist regime along with its lack of economic or social freedoms. Open trade within the so-called Democratic People’s Republic remains stymied, despite recent reforms enacted by the country’s dictator Kim Jong Un.

But the word ‘reform’ in relationship with North Korea can be translated to words like ‘control’ or ‘dominate’. Any North Korean ‘reforms’ make Un’s oppressive rule over his people more efficient.

What does a Trump Presidency mean for North Korea?

Will Trump cut a deal with North Korea? Unlikely, but Trump has already shown a willingness to speak freely with controversial foreign leaders. If a call to North Korea did happen, many Americans trust Trump to negotiate with America’s best interests in mind.

Trump’s renewed fairness in global diplomacy perhaps lured North Korean state media to write a memo to the incoming president:

The above nine page memo to the US government decries Obama’s reign as President and his shortcomings. The letter is also a warning to the inbound Trump administration…

It reads:

“The U.S. should face up to the new strategic position of the DPRK and take actual measures to show that they are willing to scrap its anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat against the DPRK. This, and only this will be the first base of resolving all the issues.”

NK News interprets the letter as basically a “policy review” on the state of North Korean-American relations from a propagandized perspective. It speaks primarily to Donald Trump as words of caution. Innuendo aside, the letter is a clear indication that North Korea seeks to maintain a hard line when asserting its sovereignty. This means continued human rights violations and unsanctioned nuclear tests.

What can happen in North Korea with Trump as President? 

The letter clearly sets the tone for how North Korea will receive American foreign relations from the Trump administration. The Diplomat points out “it’s impossible to precisely determine the reasoning behind the release of such a memo, but Pyongyang may sense an opportunity.” Some in the DPRK’s regime views Trump’s administration as a birthing ground for “heterodoxy” in bilateral negotiation.

However, several analysts predict Trump will continue Obama administration policy toward North Korea for at least the first few months in office. Safe bets expect policy shifts concerning North Korea near the end of Trump’s “first-100 days in office” milestone.

Current United States and  North Korean policy involves strategic coordination between neighboring regional states. This includes South Korea which maintains a strong defense against its Northern brother. Trump’s critics argue he would have no method for enacting or implementing new policy toward North Korea.

Amanda Macias of Business Insider contends that the United States and DPRK will not relate any better unless settlements are reached. The fear of nuclear warfare riddles western coverage of North Korea. However, a stance on settlements or a peace treaty of sorts is not a substantive sentiment when dealing with bilateral relations.

A positive policy would continue allied military exercises and the maintained presence, but South Koreans would be in charge rather than the United Nations. The region can shift toward peace through smart policy. The region could also get very messy if improperly approached by Western interests.

North Korea is a black hole Trump cannot get sucked into.

A security presence, in my recommendation, is still a effective strategy. The US should help South Korea gain full capacity to maintain its own military presence. The US can help South Korea become its own independent deterrence to North Korea’s potentially violent goals.

American influence should veer inward to homeland security and military reconstruction. America should slowly and incrementally move away from its costly presence in Asia. It should teach South Korea to become its own “big kid on the block.”

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Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady is a political journalist and part time muckraker based in Colorado. In addition, he a is political strategist and policy analyst working with some of the foremost conservative politicians in state and national politics. He focuses predominately on conservative solutions to public policy and the art of conservative electioneering. His work has been featured, republished, or cited in several publications across the nation including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, the New York Post, The Denver Post, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and policy publications for one America's leading free-market, libertarian think tanks.
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  • TimboT

    We don’t want war of any kind if it can be avoided., however there is a war the free world needs to win and that is the war against Islam. Islam can not be trusted in the least bit (I have read their book and know) and should be shown the door and given a boot in the ass towards the holes they crawled out of. If they will not conform to our Freedom Loving societies we will certainly NOT submit to their horseshit.

  • Samerica

    These countries will never love America and change and why should America be
    involved in these countries if they are not threatening war? Just make sure our
    military is strong enough if needed and just protect our borders and leave the rest
    of these far left countries alone! Put America’s safety first. America has done more
    than enough helping other countries and now time for some of them to stand on
    their own. We can still be allies but America can’t afford to keep protecting the world.
    Progressives love to think they can ‘talk nice’ and these leftist terrorist will love us.

  • TheAhmedClockCompany

    is it just me,
    or is there only one lone fatso
    amongst all the bodies in that pic ?

  • Mike0oSS

    Why should the N Korean government give a sh-t who or what party is in power in D.C.? They know it’s all just a passing fad in the West to do this political game every few years, and the American voters are way too fickle to be predicted, they could care less. China is their benefactor and as long as that is the status quo…nothing changes…unless the Chinese government perceives the N. Koreans are an Albatross around their necks…which so far, hasn’t been a problem