H.R. McMaster Believes North Korean Offer of Talks is to “Drive a Wedge” Between the US and the ROK

It looks like US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has been reading analysis on One Free Korea in regards to why North Korea is really developing their nuclear weapons and currently pursuing talks with South Korea:

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday the purpose of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year address was to “try to drive a wedge” between Seoul and Washington.

That assessment of Kim’s 40-minute speech was in stark contrast to that of the Blue House. President Moon Jae-in’s Spokesman Park Soo-hyun said Monday his office “welcomed” Kim’s overture about sending a delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, set to kick off next month in Gangwon.

Park made no mention of Kim’s threatening the United States with a nuclear attack in the address.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday in New York that her country is “not going to recognize” or “acknowledge” any talks other countries have with the North unless the regime agrees to foreswear its nuclear weapons program.

Asked by Greta Van Susteren, a contributor for the Voice of America (VOA), about Kim’s Olympic gesture to South Korea, McMaster replied: “Anybody who thought that the speech was reassuring was drinking too much champagne over the holidays…..he is building a hair-trigger nuclear force that can place the world at risk.”

McMaster continued that it was “pretty clear” Kim was trying to separate Seoul and Washington, but, “Of course, that’s not going [to] happen. His provocative actions, what he’s been doing, is driving our alliances closer together.”

The security adviser explained that the “only reason” why North Korea was developing weapons was to “coerce or blackmail or extort the United States to leave the peninsula and Northeast Asia.”

Beyond that, he continued, it wants to unify the two Koreas under its own “failed system.”  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You can read more at the link, but there is a false belief that North Korea is solely pursuing nuclear weapons for regime survival when the regime has survived just fine for decades with the threat of a massive artillery strike on Seoul.  It is very arguable that the ultimate goal of the North’s nuclear weapons program is to co-opt the ROK into a confederation on North Korean terms.



I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. After reading this and Steve Bannon’s weirdness, it looks like Trump may be a lot smarter than some folks give him credit.

  2. Trump is a wuss. He will not be ordering a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK.

  3. @setnaffa, Bannon must have been really pissed off that he lost the power struggle inside the White House to McMaster considering his recent comments.

  4. GI, Bannon seems as fruitloopy as Gore after he lost to Bush or Clinton after she lost to Trump.

    Being that close to power and having the access cut off must be mighty unsettling to some folks.

    Thankfully, I don’t need to worry about it affecting me. No one will ever elect me President. And I don’t have the skills or motivation to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue anyway. It really isn’t a place where my sesnse of humor would be appreciated.

    I feel sorry for those who hunger to control others. Like the Nazgul in Tolkien’s LotR saga, they end up losing their minds, will, and life.

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