Is North Korea becoming more provocative? Is Trump getting more provoked than say, Obama, or is it a mixture of both?

Is North Korea becoming more provocative? Is Trump getting more provoked than say, Obama, or is it a… by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

North Korea has accused CIA and South Korean Intelligence of having an accomplice in the as-yet-unconfirmed plot to kill Kim Jong-un: Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao Nazca Trade Co.(1) China's National Enterprise Credit Information system shows that a company of that name was formed on March 7, 2017, with someone named Xu Guanghai as its legal representative. The company’s business areas include “chemical products.”(2)

According to press reports released from Pyongyang, a South Korean intelligence officer named Jo Ki Chol and Xu Guanghai met in Dandong, China with “Kim,” the North Korean purported to have been bribed to undertake the assassination.(3) To me, the entire story smacks of the sort of prose typical of the Stalinist era.

What I find curious is that, according to all reports, North Korea assigns primary blame for the plot to the Obama administration, deflecting any blame from the Trump administration and thus relieving Kim Jong-un from personally retaliating against Mr. Trump.

China has yet to respond to allegations that one of its citizens was involved in the plot. This raises a couple of questions for me: Has China verified Pyongyang’s allegations regarding a Chinese national’s assistance in the plot? Is China aware of Pyongyang’s strategy to regain face, and thus is offering tacit validation in order to facilitate a diplomatic solution?

All this certainly seems an easy way for Pyongyang to garner global style points after two failed missile launches and articles calling him, in essence, a tin-pot dictator.(4)

(1) North Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un
(2) 朝鲜称“粉碎”美国中情局刺杀金正恩企图 – BBC 中文网
(3) Nonpareil
(4) Ibid.

Is North Korea becoming more provocative? Is Trump getting more provoked than say, Obama, or is it a mixture of both?

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