The Trump administration is not pleased with the glowing coverage that North Korea has been receiving for their “charm offensive,” and has called the US media “complicit” according to a new report from the Washington Free Beacon.
Over the weekend, the mainstream media fawned over Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un and Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
“With its fawning coverage of Kim Yo Jong and the Kim regime, much of the U.S. media has unintentionally become complicit in North Korea’s charm offensive,” an unnamed senior administration official told the Free Beacon.
Leading the charge to glamorize the propaganda and agitation director was CNN, who wrote that she was “stealing the show” at the Olympics, glossing over the fact that she is part of a regime that currently runs actual Nazi-style prison camps.
Reports from multiple outlets also claimed that the US was now willing to sit down for talks with North Korea, something officials have also told the Free Beacon is false.
Despite potential talks, and irrespective of if they happen w/USA or S. Korea, new strong sanctions are coming very soon and the maximum pressure campaign will only intensify until North Korea abandons its nuclear program. All our allies agree!
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) February 12, 2018
“The U.S. is in no way easing up pressure on the regime,” a senior official familiar with the Trump administration’s strategy told the Free Beacon. “And unlike much of the mainstream media, the Trump administration is not falling for North Korea’s transparent propaganda.”
The official added that the administration will continue to apply “maximum pressure” as the nation continues to aggressively continue working on their nuclear weapons program.
“The [vice president and president] will continue to apply maximum pressure and keep all means necessary on the table to denuclearize the Korean peninsula,” the official said.
In the days leading up to the Olympics, new sanctions were placed on the rogue nation as a “continuation of the U.S.’s maximum pressure campaign to get them to halt their nuclear pursuits,” according to the Beacon.