Trump to Meet with Kim Jung Un By May
Reports are coming in tonight that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with the leader of North Korea by May of this year. This appears to be a huge step in the right direction when it comes to achieving a more unified Korean Peninsula.
While this is the case one must wonder, if this meeting goes as planned and we actually do see a denuclearized North Korea, will the liberals and the democrats finally give Trump credit for this accomplishment as they have failed to give Trump credit on even one of the many accomplishments he has achieved in more than a year in office.
According to AP,
Chung said he had told Trump that Kim says he’s committed to “denuclearization” and has pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests — providing a rare diplomatic opening after a year of escalating tensions over the North’s tests. The rival Koreas have already agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April.
“He (Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Chung said. “President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”
Chung did not say where Trump would meet with Kim.
The White House said Trump’s meeting with Kim would take place “at a place and time to be determined.”
Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland. He’s oscillated between threats and insults directed at Kim, and more conciliatory rhetoric. His more bellicose talk, and Kim’s nuclear and missile tests, have fueled fears of war.
It appears we are getting closer than we have ever been to attaining a peace agreement with North Korea. One can’t help but remember Bill Clinton speaking about how he was going to hold North Korea accountable and pave the way for inspectors to enter North Korea to ensure they weren’t pursuing nuclear weapons.
The Agreed Framework laid out by the Clinton administration looked good on paper, the only problem is that communist dictatorships like the Kim Jung Un regime do not abide by peace agreements.
The Heritage Foundation outlines just how far the Clinton was willing to go with a front loaded deal with North Korea, a deal very similar to the failed nuclear deal Obama made with Iran. A deal that essentially paved the way for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons within the next ten years. A deal that removed much of the sanctions that were placed on Iran to keep them and their nuclear capabilities in check.
According to the Heritage Foundation,
After 17 months of tumultuous negotiations over the Pyongyang government’s nuclear program, the United States and North Korea signed a detailed agreement in Geneva on October 2 1. The pact is a highly complex, three-staged, multilateral arrangement whose terms will not be fulfilled for many years. For the most part, the deal appears “front loaded” in favor of Pyongyang. A consor- tium of nations, led by the United States, is responsible for constructing a modem nu- clear power infrastructure for the well-armed, repressive communist state. The same con- sortium will bolster the North’s faltering economy by easing its immediate energy bur- dens with large quantities of free fuel oil. In an October 20 letter to North Korean strong- man Kim Jong Il, moreover, President Clinton vastly expanded America’s commitments under the formal agreement. The U.S., said Clinton, would finance the fuel shipments and the reactors if the consortium fails to do so. The total value of the U.S. pledge is esti- mated conservatively at more than $4 billion. In addition to leading the international energy assistance consortium, Washington has pledged to ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with the North. These concessions provide Pyongyang a degree of political rec- ognition by the U.S. and its allies that it long has sought. Left unaddressed is the immedi- ate threat posed by the North’s formidable conventional military force, which includes a large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and missiles capable of reaching South Korea and Japan. About 37,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to counter the North’s military threat. The Clinton Administration’s aim in all of this is, first, to freeze the North Korean nu- clear program and, ultimately, to assess the North’s past efforts to build nuclear bombs and preclude any future weapons capabilities. U.S. intelligence and defense officials esti- mate that the North has enough enriched fuel to produce nuclear weapons. Secretary of Defense William Perry has stated, “it is possible they could make one or even two de- vices, perhaps even nuclear bombs.”5 Even assuming smooth implementation of the Oc- tober 21 agreement, however, its goals cannot possibly be fulfilled completely for at least a decade.
Clearly the appeasement mentality of prior administrations has done nothing but pave the way for North Korea to obtain nuclear weapons. We now sit on the precipice of nuclear war. Say what you want about Trump’s approach to the situation, it appears to be working – Trump tweets and all.
Technically we are still at war with North Korea as a peace agreement was never agreed upon once the Korean War came to an end. Could it be that Trump could be responsible for officially ending the Korean War? If so would the liberal progressive media and those on the left give Trump the credit he is due.