For a while, it seemed like things were going really well with North Korea. Then, all of a sudden, it came crashing down. Skeptics and realists everywhere were unsurprised. North Korea has been playing this game for decades.
But now, it seems like things were never derailed in the first place. It’s a wild ride, so let’s take a few moments and recap. We’ll see how this situation looks under the surface and if real negotiations are an actual possibility.
The Journey So Far
North Korea has had their backs against a wall since Trump took office. That was severely exacerbated when their testing site collapsed. Combined with international sanctions finally being enforced and Trump making it clear that he won’t capitulate to Kim’s antics like his predecessors, North Korea has found itself in an unsustainable situation.
That is why they initiated negotiations. They’ve already made history by crossing lines and meeting with South Korea to extents that exceed anything since the Korean War. But, Kim has been hoping that he could rely on his erratic antics to get some concessions for nothing.
For a moment, it looked like Trump might fall for the old shtick like so many presidents before him. He agreed to scale back military exercises around the peninsula, but when Kim still refused to be sane, Trump reminded us why he was elected. He unceremoniously cancelled the impending summit and made it clear that he holds all of the cards here. If Kim wants out of his untenable situation, he’s going to have to play by Trump’s rules.
What’s Happening Right Now
The left was ready to skewer Trump for his failed negotiation, but they didn’t even get a full weekend to enjoy their illusory victory. North Korea reopened communication channels almost immediately after Trump cancelled the summit. Trump himself has made it clear that he is still willing to meet, and a newly negotiated summit could even happen by June 12 (the originally scheduled day). But, he won’t do it on Kim’s terms.
Trump’s hard lines seem to have worked again. On Saturday, Kim met once again with South Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in. According to Moon, Kim has once again expressed a willingness to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Tough luck Democrats! Peace just might be possible. If that wasn’t enough, U.S. officials crossed into North Korea for meetings on Monday. That in itself is a big deal and has largely restored momentum for real peace talks.
Things certainly remain hopeful. And, they’re looking better than they have in years. That said, this story is far from written. Kim Jong Un has an established history of erratic behavior. He doesn’t always act with the best interest of his people in mind, and at times he has demonstrated a willingness to throw himself under the bus for no reason at all. You can bet that more over-the-top exchanges between Trump and Kim will ensue before any formal peace treaty is signed.
That said, there is good reason to believe a summit will actually happen. When and where is still hard to say, but considering North Korea’s obvious desperation, we’re betting on June. Even if such a summit can’t nail down anything permanent, it would still represent one of the greatest negotiation achievements in the last 50 years.
Simply put, North Korea will collapse if they have to endure sanctions for much longer. With Trump leading the free world, they won’t be able to trick anyone into giving away money without enforceable denuclearization. A world-changing resolution is on the horizon, and a planet without a nuclear North Korea is actually possible for the first time since the country’s formation.
All said, Trump is on the verge of an accomplishment that is difficult to put in words. Comparing his legacy to Obama is starting to seem unfair. If he can land peace with North Korea, he’ll be among the all-time greats in American history.
That is exactly why we can expect the Democrats to resist with their full might. The final nail in their coffin just might come when they actively try to support a nuclearized North Korea simply to try and spite Trump. That day is soon, and when it happens, we’ll be there to make sure every American is aware of their treachery.
~ Freedom News Report