Trump Is the First US President Ever to Visit North Korea While Still in the Office
President Trump announced this Sunday that Washington is in talks with Pyongyang to continue with their nuclear negotiations. The third meeting with the infamous North Korean leader Kim Jong-un happened at the last second. Trump also became the first president ever to cross the armistice line that is separating North from South Korea. The meeting between them lasted for 50 minutes, roughly.
This was the third time that Trump met the North Korean leader, but all the previous meetings were without a deal.
Trump also said that crossing the line between Koreas was such an honor and that it was “something incredible.” He also added that their meeting was a big victory and that they would resume talks within a week. President Trump also said that he had invited Kim to visit the White House, but that visit was unlikely since he rarely leaves the country.
Even though everything went according to predictions, there is still no progress in the complete denuclearization of North Korea, which is the main reason why the country is so estranged from the rest of the world.
Naturally, several North Korea experts and nuclear negotiators questioned Trump’s results, saying that it is only historic if it happens to lead to something.
Trump was visiting Japan for a G20 when he invited Kim via Twitter to meet in a DMZ. While North Korea officially accepted the invitation, it was uncertain if Kim would show up until the last second.
Kim said to the translator that this meant that everyone could feel at ease and that it was a positive force for future meetings and discussions.
After meeting at the DMZ, they briefly talked to journalists before holding talks that Trump believed would last a few minutes but instead went on for about an hour. Both Trump and Kim believe that this will certainly lead to a better future between these two countries. Regarding the nuclear deal, Trump said that he isn’t looking for speed, but to do it properly.
Trump was already the first president to meet Kim Jong Un while still in the office, and this was the first time that they met in no man’s land located between South and North Korea.
The senior Trump administration admitted that even a simple handshake could start the negotiations between the U.S. representatives and North Korea. After that, it would slowly progress regarding the nuclear issue.
While there are still sanctions on North Korea, Trump said that anything was possible and that anything could happen. However, the sanctions should remain until North Korea accepts denuclearization.
National security said that everything that happened benefits only Kim and that he could continue to stall the deal while he progresses on his nuclear program. It is believed that North Korea possesses over a dozen nuclear warheads, but it is not known whether they are able to launch them even close to the U.S. soil.
But even after everything, Trump didn’t seem to be in a hurry at all and said that he is never in a rush. Both of them offered each other an official invitation to visit capital cities, and both said that it would be such a great honor.
Finally, after the meeting, Trump said things about the history between these two countries taking significant liberties. He falsely talked how previous President Barack Obama was rejected by Kim and how all the tension between the U.S. and North Korea vanished the moment he became the president. He also added that he believed that negotiators that were sent to North Korea were still alive, adding that the main person was certainly alive, but he hoped that the rest were too.
The meeting was held in private between Kim and Trump, without the presence of the South Korean president. He said that it would undoubtedly be better for the two of them to meet in private before starting the dialogue between the two Koreas.