President Trump Announces North Korea Meeting

President Trump Announces Meeting to Take Place With North Korea

Many in the media, and in President Trump’s cabinet, were caught off guard when the President suddenly announced he would be meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. The meeting is proposed to take place in May. The reason the news was so stunning is that no sitting president has ever done so before. The United States, currently, does not have any diplomatic relations with North Korea. Once again, the President has made U.S. history.

Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018 

Trump appeared in the briefing room yesterday to issue a heads up to the media about an important announcement that would be made later in the evening. South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong made an announcement at 7 PM. In a statement, Press Secretary Sanders stressed all sanctions and pressures would remain in place, regardless of the benevolence of Kim’s gesture.

.@POTUS greatly appreciates the nice words of the S. Korean delegation & Pres Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet w/ Kim Jong Un at a place & time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of NK. In the meantime all sanctions & maximum pressure must remain
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 17, 2018 

A Brief History Lesson

In 1945, after Japan surrendered, Korea was divided into two occupation zones. The U.S. occupied the south, while the Soviet Union occupied the north. In 1948, two separate sovereign nations were established. It was not until 1971 that the first direct, official communications were established between North and South Korea. Although not colonized in the traditional sense, following independence from Japan, China has exerted influence over both Korea’s for thousands of years.

In 1994, the United States reached an agreement with North Korea calling for its denuclearization. However, as denuclearization failed to materialize, the U.S. proposed multilateral talks, known as the Six-Party Talks, with North Korea, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. China hosted and chaired these talks in Beijing. In 2009, North Korea decided to no longer attend the talks. However, several of the other nations have expressed the need to resume them, including China.

Talk, Talk, and More Talk

Over the years, the United States has called on North Korea and the Kim dynasty to “take concrete, irreversible denuclearization steps” to abide by the 2005 statement made jointly by the countries involved in the talks. Among the things the U.S. has demanded are:
  •  Compliance with international laws. Including UNSC resolutions.
  •  To cease provocative behaviors.
  •  To take steps to improve relations with its neighbors.

Although Kim has paid lip service to these stated demands, he has not complied with any of them. Talk from the dictator has led nowhere, except to more overt threats towards the U.S. and allies. In 2016 alone, Kim launched two nuclear tests and 20 ballistic missiles. All of these aimed at the end goal of developing a weapon that could reach America’s shores.

Many attempts to reason with Kim have been fruitless. There have been many resolutions against him that have followed suit and lines in the sand have been drawn and redrawn. Still, Kim has continued, unfazed, to engage in provocative and threatening behaviors towards the United States and other nations.

Why Trump’s Meeting Is Important

Most forms of U.S. economic assistance are prohibited due to sanctions leveled against North Korea in an effort curtail its aggressive and criminal actions. They are also, more importantly, designed to hamper its efforts to develop its nuclear program. The only aid available to North Korea is purely humanitarian. A near total economic embargo of North Korea has been in place since 1950, as a result of its attack on South Korea which precipitated the Korean conflict. These and other sanctions and pressure have been used to try to force North Korea’s cooperation with the UN resolutions and the denuclearization agreements.

North Korea has promised to suspend, for now, it is nuclear testing in return for a meeting with President Donald Trump. No such meeting has ever occurred before, making the President, once again, a history maker. As was noted earlier, many talks and many different sanctions have been largely ineffective in furthering the goal of a compliant and non-nuclear North Korea. However, on the heels of Trump’s tougher sanctions, this invitation by Kim Jong Un to President Trump may signify a willingness to finally sit down and come to a concrete agreement and implement it.

A New Day Dawning?

A talk with Kim could end up creating a diplomatic relationship with North Korea for the first time. In the past, the United States has supported the peaceful reunification of North and South Korea, in a way that would benefit both nations, and especially the people of both countries.

President Trump could end up facilitating that objective, becoming the first American President to negotiate peace between the two nations successfully. All of this, of course, is subject to the whim and will of Kim Jong Un, who has shown himself to be a ruthless dictator, as was his father before him. His deceptive practices and shocking inhumane human rights abuses are, no doubt, why the Trump administration has stressed that the severe sanctions imposed on North Korea will remain until a solid agreement is reached.

Mary Magaline / Writer

I thrive on political dialogue. Communicating truth has a way of cutting through the noise in this world. When there is chaos all round, you will find me grounded in my Christian faith and networking with like-minded friends online. I love President Trump and I want my country back!
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  1. Great job! Interesting topic as we all wait to see how it plays out.

  2. If NK wasn't impressed by the bombing of Syria and the Russian contractors getting evaporates,they wouldn't be asking for this meeting.

  3. Praying that President Trump can get Korea to agree to denuclearization and that he can facilitate peace between North and South Korea. Not only would he make history but Kim Jong-Un would go down in history as a great leader, as well.




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