(Photo courtesy of Fortunascorner) President Assad seen accepting the new North Korean ambassador’s credentials. To his left is the Syrian Foreign Minister, Waleed Al-Mu’allim.
The U.S. has been curiously mum about Dr. Assad’s expected summit with Kim Jon Un in Pyongyang ahead of the much-ballyhooed meeting with Trump in Singapore. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, is fully aware of the American attitude toward Dr. Assad arising from the Syrian leader’s defeat of all NATO plots to oust him. Yet, he has shrewdly accepted Dr. Assad’s arrival to the North Korean capital a few days before the expected meeting in Singapore. So, what is the U.S. thinking?
I had a short discussion with my source in Damascus the day before yesterday. While we could not speculate about the president’s thinking here, I got the impression that Moscow had a lot to do with the decision to meet up with Mr. Kim. I believe that Dr. Assad will pursue a similar line to F.M. Lavrov’s warning to the young Korean leader: “Be extremely careful” and “Don’t believe Trump calls the shots on this.” In other words, the “Libyan Model” which was famously announced by chicken-hawk John Bolton is very much relevant and that the U.S. will seek Kim’s ouster at the first opportunity. In other words, don’t give up your nuclear arsenal under any circumstances lest you find your favorite pistol shoved up a part of your body which rarely sees the sun.
This is exactly what the U.S. is thinking. Certainly, nobody in Washington believes that the Syrian president is anxious to see detente between the U.S. and North Korea. The Syrian president’s trip is definitely intended to drive a wedge even deeper into the troubled relationship between the U.S. and North Korea. The Syrian president will tell Kim that the U.S. and its European and Gulf allies tried unsuccessfully to overthrow him and the Ba’ath Party. He will tell him about the mistakes Col. Qaddaafi made; the Mossadegh model; the Noriega model; the Maduro model; the Allende model……and the list goes on and on. None of this is lost on Kim Jong Un. But, the Syrian president may have much more to tell him about how the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv is seeking to monopolize nuclear weapons and technology for smaller state actors and how Zionism is controlling Trump’s behavior.
The president will tell him that nothing is more menacing to the Zionist Apartheid State than the prospect of North Korean know-how transferring to powerful regional states like Iran. With Iran now verging out of the Iran Nuclear Deal due to American inconstancy, Kim cannot place even the slightest reliance on American promises. He must not fritter away the one ace-in-the-hole which he can play at any time to dispel the Yankee pest. American promises and agreements have proven to be ephemeral and, even, eel-like.
The American National Security Advisor, John Bolton, who is known to oppose the overture to N. Korea, will be traveling with Mr. Trump to Singapore. This comes after several reports indicating that Bolton had been marginalized and uninvited to several NSC meetings concerning strategy for the upcoming talks with Mr. Kim. That he is now back n good odor with the president is an indication Mr. Trump wants his favorite Pit Bull to, perhaps, push the talks as much as possible toward total denuclearization. Once again, Dr. Assad, will deliver the warning about all that. Mr. Kim will listen carefully to what Dr. Assad has to say, after all, he is the Syrian leader who defeated his enemies’ schemes and machinations.
We, at SyrPer, believe that nothing will alter North Korea’s nuclear agenda. Kim Jong Un will not give Trump much of anything. However, Korean analysis of Trump’s psychology indicates an American leader addicted to display, cultism, superficiality and self-importance. Kim will extract as many concessions as he can from Mr. Trump while playing along with an American-concocted veneer of success. Mr. Trump must not go back to Washington empty-handed. With most of the MSM up in arms over his presidency, Mr. Kim knows how desperate Trump’s regime is to project success in the eyes of American citizens, especially, those citizens who form Trump’s ever-dwindling base.
Even Vladimir Putin is playing along with this scenario. He just announced to Russian news services that he was intent on making sure Mr. Trump was successful in his meeting with Mr. Kim. You can’t get better hot air than that. Trump now suspects that Russia will play a positive back-door game to insure a successful summit. Even China, anxious to shore up its economic relations with the U.S. can be expected to extol the results of the negotiations even though they might be nothing more than North Korea’s promise to temporize and delay for eternity that chimera we call denuclearization.
Here’s a scene which will fill your hearts with gladness. Syrian security services discovered a huge arsenal of mortar shells, RPG rockets, medical supplies, grenades, ammunition cases and all the other goodies used by these terrorist apes to torment the simple people in the villages around Al-Rastan.
And, by the way, the Homs-Hama highway has been open for use since last week when the last IED was disassembled.