While the democrats certainly have the market cornered on political drama thanks to the their own penchant for injecting emotion into politics, POTUS hasn’t been able to wholly shake a bit of theatrics himself as of late.
It’s not his fault, in all actuality. He’s dealing with a madman in the form of Kim Jong Un, the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea – a nation so perilously poverty-stricken that millions of citizen may have died from famine as recently as the 1990’s. Still, the government in Pyongyang seemed hellbent on creating a nuclear arsenal with which to antagonize the United States.
After a bevy of heavy duty sanctions were imposed on the tiny Asian nation due to Kim’s reckless behavior, North Korea has come to heel on the world’s stage and had planned to participate in an historic summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. Then, almost predictably, those plans fell apart as Kim turned a bit belligerent…as he is wont to do.
Today, however, it looks as though the meeting of the minds is back on…at least according to The White House.
The U.S.-North Korea summit is back on track, President Donald Trump announced Friday, ending weeks of uncertainty about his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un to discuss ending the North Korean leader’s nuclear program.
Trump made the announcement, just a week after he had said he was canceling the Singapore summit, following a more than hour-long meeting with a top North Korean official who delivered a letter from the North Korean leader. The official, Kim Yong Chol, posed for photos with Trump outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Kim’s car before he was driven away.
“We’re going to deal,” Trump told reporters after Kim left. He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary to bring about his goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula but “I think you’re going to have a very positive result in the end. We will see what we will see.”
In the latest sign of hostility cooling down but hopes kept in check, Trump said he’s unilaterally put a hold on new sanctions against the North “until the talks break down.”
“I don’t even want to use the term ‘maximum pressure’ anymore,” Trump added, referencing his preferred term for the punishing U.S. economic sanctions against North Korea.
If the meeting does actually occur, it would be one of the most significant diplomatic wins that our modern world has ever seen.
The Korean War has been raging for over 60 years at this point in history, and North Korea’s ridiculous regime and totalitarian ruling class have done enough damage to the tiny nation’s wonderful people. We say, the sooner we can get these two in a room together, the better.