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The Trump-Kim Romance Is So Over. Let Us Count The Ways.

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09.05.2019

Kim Jong Un is holding the corpses of American soldiers hostage–again. One of many signs the supposed romance between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump is very much over.

After the first summit between Trump and the North Korean Leader in Singapore last year, among the accomplishments touted by Trump as major was the return of the remains of GIs killed in the Korean War, which ended in 1953.

But since the complete failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi at the end of February, cooperation in the search for any more identifiable bones has ended along with obviously unrealistic hopes for getting North Korea to give up its nuclear program.

The other bragging point out of Singapore had been an end to Kim’s missile tests. Obviously the big concern was his ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the United States with nuclear warheads. But it was clear any missile tests would be seen as provocative.

Now those provocations have begun, with fresh tests of short and medium range missiles.

If there were any doubt the Kim-Trump romance that the president declared at Singapore is now over, and bitter, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday the dramatic-sounding seizure of a sanctions-busting North Korean ship full of coal. In fact, as the DOJ complaint shows, the ship known as the Wise Honest was detained in Indonesia by local authorities in April 2018, weeks before the Singapore summit in June, and formally seized by the United States in July 2018, a few weeks afterward. The announcement is being made only now. Presumably it comes as no surprise at all to Kim.

“The next actions could include a long-range missile launch.”

— Korea analyst Steve Tharp

On the question of of the corpses, word from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is the North has done and said nothing about looking for more remains since........

© The Daily Beast