After more than a year of constant threats, persistent defiance, and harsh trade repercussions, North Korea has finally decided to sit down with the United States and talk about the possibility of denuclearization.
This comes at a time when most of the Trump Administration’s opponents claimed the President would never reach a non-violent end to their issues. Most of the President’s critics were insistent that his lack of political experience would prohibit him from being able to broker a deal that didn’t end in war.
However, whatever the United States has lacked in diplomacy over the past year, we’ve made up for in common sense and ability to make business transactions.
Daily Mail reports that not only will the meeting probably take place in the next few months, but government officials from all over the world have spoken out in support of the President and his possible new deal with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un:
“President Donald Trump has accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s dramatic offer to meet, the White House has confirmed.
South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong first announced the face-to-face and claimed it was due to take place by May.
However, a statement from the White House did not confirm the two-month timeframe and said the place and time of the meeting was still being worked out.
‘President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement a half hour after South Korea’s announcement.
‘We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.’
Chung, who made the announcement on behalf of South Korea, led the delegation visiting North Korea earlier this week. The invitation to meet Trump was made to him directly by Kim.
The foreign official said that Kim understands and accepts the fact that joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises will continue and that he also made promises to halt nuclear and ballistic tests until the meeting with Trump takes place.
A U.S. official later said the meeting would take place in ‘a matter of a couple of months’ but did not commit the president to a face-to-face with Kim this spring.
‘He conveyed that he wants to meet with President Trump as quickly as possible,’ the senior official stated.
The official said the stiff punishing actions on North Korea would also stay in place.
‘At this point we’re not even talking about negotiations,’ the U.S. official said of a plan to hold North Korea to its word that it would freeze its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile development programs.”
Countries around the world have been monitoring the situation with North Korea’s possible nuclear capabilities, and this possibility of a meeting comes as a welcome surprise.
While many countries are hopeful, the President was clear that they don’t intend to let any of their pressure off of North Korea until an actual agreement is met, ad the denuclearization process is complete. President Trump made that very clear in a tweet that said:
“‘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!’ the U.S. president said.
The planned meeting drew immediate praise from other nations.
A spokesperson for the British government said, ‘The UK welcomes the South Korean announcement that Kim Jong Un has made a renewed commitment to denuclearise and will refrain from further nuclear missile tests while dialogue continues.
‘We welcome the announcement of direct talks with President Trump by May and (South Korean) President Moon Jae-in in April.
‘We have always been clear that we want Kim Jong Un to change path and put the welfare of his people ahead of the illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons.
‘We will continue to work closely with the US, South Korea and the international community to ensure that pressure on North Korea continues and sanctions are strictly enforced until Kim Jong Un matches his words with concrete actions. We will continue to monitor developments closely.’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also welcomed the news, saying that Russia considers the move ‘a step in the right direction.’
He went on to express hope that an agreement would be implemented because it is ‘necessary for normalizing the situation around the Korean peninsula.’
Australia’s former prime minister expressed surprise at how ‘surprisingly good’ Trump has been at foreign policy compared to his predecessors.
Paul John Keating said the United States was directionless under the previous three administrations and Barack Obama blew an opportunity to reshape the world.
On Friday Keating said he had not expected Trump to have ‘such a pragmatic’ foreign policy on China and Russia, and he urged the U.S. president to continue down the path he was on.”
This step in the right direction is a win for many countries for many reasons, not the least of which is the release of pressure to the neighboring countries who have been on high alert.
The lesser battle won is the respect gained for the Trump Administration if they can bring the North Korea nuclear crisis to a peaceful end. As it turns out, you don’t necessarily need to have decades of political experience to solve international problems, and you just have to stop helping those who threaten you.