May 28, 2023

Why Washington cannot abandon the North Korean human rights issue

In softening its stance, the U.S. has given up a useful pressure point

A recent report claims that the United States is taking a softer position regarding North Korea. The claim is based on the fact that the United States scrubbed a chance to bring United Nation Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights in North Korea once again into public scrutiny when it cancelled a speech scheduled in December on that topic by American Vice President Mike Pence.

The rationale behind the decision was apparently based upon a desire in Washington to not do anything that could possibly derail any second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un.