North Korea Not Known For "Playing Nice" Says Ball State Professor
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Now that North Korea's Kim Jong-Un has met with President Trump and signed an agreement to turn back its nuclear program, Dr. Chad Kinsella, a political science professor at Ball State University says he doesn't think North Korea will follow through given its history.
"North Korea has just historically been a not very good partner. They have a tried and true playbook and it doesn't involve playing nice," says Dr. Kinsella, who hopes Kim Jong-Un has a different attitude than his father or grandfather who have ruled over the country continuously since 1948.
Although the rest of the world knows of the historic summit in Singapore between the U.S. and North Korea, Dr. Kinsella says it's unlikely that those within North Korea know of the meeting.
"The North Korean public has no idea. It's probably a good chance they don't even know he's out of the country much less meeting with President Trump," according to Dr. Kinsella, who says the Communist country uses its tight control over the media to manipulate the message to its people.
Although Trump told reporters following the meeting that the U.S. would also back off its military exercises with South Korea and work to establish better diplomatic relations, the President did not bring up the way North Korea treats it's political prisoners.
"President Trump did not talk about the North Korean's horrible human rights record at this point," says Dr. Kinsella, "and that's something that probably won't be broached for a long time."
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