President Donald Trump’s tough talk on North Korea seems to have worked.
Brutal dictator Kim Jong-un has agreed to meet with 45 sometime before the end of May, and now he has signaled a willingness to officially end his country’s war with North Korea.
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From The Daily Wire:
Hostilities on the Korean peninsula ended on July 27, 1953, but the war didn’t.
The U.S., North Korea and China signed an armistice agreement designed to “insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved,” according to the agreement.
Sixty-five years later, the war has never been officially declared over.
Now, though, North and South Korea are reportedly in talks to permanently end the war, daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, according to CNBC.
From CNBC via Right Scoop:
North and South Korea are in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between the two countries, daily newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official.
Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.
Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.
From Fox News:
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he’s willing to talk with President Trump about getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons as part of a denuclearization across the Korean Peninsula, a Trump administration official confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
The confirmation came ahead of a meeting between the two leaders, which officials have suggested would take place by May.
And while Trump tweeted on March 28 that he was looking forward to the meeting, saying, “There is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity,” many analysts have expressed skepticism about the secretive regime’s intentions.
“It’s possible that Kim Jong Un has a different meaning in mind,” Abraham Denmark, a former senior U.S. defense official said, noting that a possible denuclearization offer appears to be contingent on the U.S. creating the right conditions. “So far it sounds like the same old tune.”
Obviously, we can’t just automatically assume that Kim is serious here and it makes sense to be skeptical.
At the same time, this has the potential to be a remarkable moment in world history. It is quite possible that Trump’s tough talk, the sanctions, and the pressure has finally gotten to Kim Jong.
South Korea has credited Trump with helping the situation.
From The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump’s intense pressure campaign appears to have done the trick, the South Korean president suggested Tuesday.
Trump “made a huge contribution to make inter-Korean talks happen,” President Moon Jae-in explained to reporters Tuesday night, adding, “I’d like to express my gratitude.” He reportedly said that talks “could be the effect of the sanctions and pressure led by the U.S.”
North and South Korea met for the first time in two years at the Peace House in the Joint Security Area at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) Tuesday. Inter-Korean talks followed an overture by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during his New Year’s address last Monday, when he said that the North is “open to dialogue” with the South Koreans.
Americans on both sides of the aisle should be rooting for the president here.
This could be bluster on the part of Kim Jong Un in order to get some sanction relief. At the same time, it could be a legitimate desire to work out a peaceful solution.