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15 May, 2018 10:40

No more fire & fury? US dangles carrot at North Korea, like it did before

No more fire & fury? US dangles carrot at North Korea, like it did before

Less than a year after Donald Trump's notorious "fire and fury" threat against North Korea, the US is now offering aid and investment if Pyongyang ditches its nukes. The progress seems remarkable… if you have a short memory.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea only has to give up its nuclear weapons program to become America's next best friend. Aid, investment and diplomacy will then elevate the reclusive country, bringing it on par with its Southern neighbor.

Such a stark switch from stick to carrot seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, one that Kim Jong-un had better grab at… but as evidenced by the Iran nuclear deal, the carrot can get yanked away at the last moment.

RT's Murad Gazdiev recounts history's bitter lessons.