Kim aims to protect status quo
Don’t expect a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to occur, let alone be productive. That prediction has little to do with Trump and much to do with Kim.
Consider what happened in other countries that gave up their nuclear weapons. Surely, Kim has thought about the consequences.
• Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi surrendered his nuclear weapons to the United States. Then, our country helped overthrow his regime. Gaddafi was killed by rebels.
• Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian leaders relinquished the nuclear missiles deployed in that country to Moscow. Russian forces now have invaded Ukraine.
If Kim were to forfeit his nuclear ambitions, his chief threat wouldn’t be military invasion or armed rebellion. But denuclearization of the Korean peninsula — followed by a lifting of economic sanctions, free travel and trade — likely would foreshadow the end of the Kim family dynasty.
Kim John Un’s power is the control of the economy in a very closed society.
The North Korean leader has everything to lose in forfeiting nuclear capabilities. That’s why his goal is to maintain status quo.