So the North Korea Policy Review is complete, but it's classified, so we, and Pyongyang, can only guess what it is? And now the Biden Admin is waiting on DPRK to see if they're willing to engage? Is that "diplomacy"? Not quite. It's less "real" than the fictional plot of "The
3/Who did the Biden Admin consult with besides past admin officials? US intel? CIA? US military? I bet they think DPRK is a really tough "nut to crack". How can anyone know anything about the "closed society" of the "hermit kingdom" presided over by a "ruthless dictator" who
4/"ruthlessly oppresses" his people "who have no rights or freedoms" and are controlled by "propaganda"? But I contend that they're like old barnacles attached to the pillars of a bygone Cold War era who haven't the facilities nor capacity to objectively assess DPRK today.
5/Virtually anyone w/ Internet access can follow what DPRK is doing.

How can the US Intel Community not know DPRK’s position on all the complex issues? DPRK proclaims its US policy every time "Jong Hyon" or someone else issues commentary on KCNA, or whenever Kim Yo Jong or Choe
6/Son Hui make a press statement. DPRK’s position and US policy reads like a book in English w/ LARGE PRINT. When there was a verbal conflagration over whether the Singapore Declaration meant “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” or “complete denuclearization of
7/of North Korea”, Jong Hyon took Washington to task, not the least reason being the ACTUAL TEXT is: “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”, advising US policymakers to take a closer look at the map. The barbed sarcasm was

“It would be better to search for a new way rather than face a barrier in the old way.” - Jong Hyon

(A Video representation of KCNA’s Dec 20, 2018 commentary ascribed to Jong Hyon)
9/Now the Biden Admin has completed its North Korea Policy review and it sounds like it has potential, but apparently it's "classified", so we and DPRK are supposed to guess what it is? Talk has waxed cheap w/ Biden b/c "strategic ambiguity" now is supposed to work in US's favor.
10/It might backfire. If they're now waiting to see whether DPRK is willing to engage w/ the US when DC won't even REVEAL WHAT THE POLICY IS, PY might take a rain check b/c there's no sign US wants "to search for a new way rather than face a barrier in the old way.” Just words
11/one must assume are "intentionally ambiguous".

They know so little about the DPRK b/c their minds are closed off to understanding its ways & people, wearing the blinders of Western propaganda, I suppose to shield them from "the dangers of socialism".
12/10,000 Apartments in Pyongyang, Constructed by the Government, Provided ... via
That's doing pretty good under all the sanctions the world puts on DPRK, then blames KJU for the hardships.
13/Farming - Why isn't the US, EU, South Korea or other countries helping the DPRK improve their farming? Oh yeah, sanctions, right.
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