It seems like CNN has resorted to reporting North Korean propaganda. According to CNN reporter Will Ripley, Kim Jong-un had a ‘diplomatic win’ and the United States has a ‘loss’ because of their behavior at the Olympics. It turns out the North Korean death camps don’t matter much in comparison to appearances at the Olympics.
“Well, if you’re Kim Jong-un, it was a diplomatic win. He sent his telegenic younger sister Kim Yo-jong here to Pyeongchang. She delivered a letter inviting South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea. He accepted on principle. They had photo ops at hockey games. They had dinners, smiles, handshakes. It was optics, everything Kim Jong-Un wanted,” said Ripley.
“And if you’re South Korea’s president, it was also a win because he ran on the platform of engaging with North Korea and now he potentially could. He’s already had the biggest diplomatic moment of the Kim Jong-un era and he might be heading to North Korea in the coming months,” said Ripley.
“If you’re the United States, however, kind of a loss. Vice President Pence came here talking very strongly against North Korea. He met with defectors, he brought the father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being released from North Korean custody,” said Ripley.
“He called on South Korea publicly to disengage completely with North Korea after the Olympics. South Korea obviously is not disengaging. They’re doing the opposite, so Vice President Pence had some discussions and decided, ‘Okay, the U.S. can endorse this engagement this as long as certain conditions are met.’ That maximum pressure continues and no money is paid under the table to North Koreans,” said Ripley. Whose side are they on?