Hands Across The DMZ

While you were making sleep and dreams……Hell began to freeze (a bit)……..

After all the big talk….after all the threats….after all the macho posturing it appears as if the US/South Korea/North Korea nuke situation may have been tamped down  bit.

Li’L Kim has offered to talk…..Trump has accepted (at least for now) and South Korea can change their drawers now……

In a startling development, North Korea says it will halt its nuclear weapons program and Kim Jong Un will meet with President Trump in the coming months, the Washington Post reports. “[Kim] expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Chung Eui-yong told reporters Thursday at the White House. “President Trump said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May.” The South Korean national security adviser was part of a delegation that arrived at the White House on Thursday to deliver a letter from Kim directly to Trump, according to CNN. Chung had led a delegation that met with Kim in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. That meeting left South Korea feeling hopeful about a diplomatic solution to the ongoing nuclear crisis with North Korea.

There’s no information about where the meeting between Trump and Kim will take place, but it will be the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea. In fact, no sitting president has even held a phone call with with the North Korean leader. Chung gave Trump credit for the breakthrough. “I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure strategy … brought us to this juncture,” Chung said. But analysts are split on whether Kim is agreeing to halt his nuclear program and meet with Trump because sanctions are working and he fears a US attack or because he now sees the countries as equal nuclear powers. Kim will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month—only the third-ever meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea since 1953.

This is a great opportunity to solve a nagging problem of nukes on the Korean Peninsula….my worry is that there are not enough actual experts on the situation for any successful outcome.

However, this is a great chance for a peaceful conclusion to a tense situation…..then why do I have this uneasy feeling that it will go to crap before the meeting takes place?

There is not much time before the proposed meeting and with experienced diplomats many thing could go wrong….like…..

No location set. No location for the meeting has been set, though Mar-a-Lago is probably a long shot, the Guardian reports. Experts say that while there is a chance Kim could visit Washington or Trump could visit Pyongyang, more neutral potential venues include China, South Korea, or the DMZ.

A “real challenge” for diplomats. Analysts say it is going to be tough for the State Department to assemble a team that can support the historic summit. “The State Department has hemorrhaged Korean linguists and former negotiators” and North Korea “will send people with 30 years of experience, Douglas H. Paal at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace tells the Washington Post. “This is a real challenge.”

Trump optimism. Trump sounded optimistic about the meeting Thursday night. “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” he tweeted. “Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”

Talks, not negotiations. A senior administration official tells the Los Angeles Times that at this point, “we’re not really talking about negotiations.” Trump “has been very clear from the beginning that he is not prepared to reward North Korea in exchange for talks,” the official says. “But he is willing to accept an invitation at this time to meet and to allow—and really expects—North Korea to put action to these words that were conveyed via the South Koreans.”

Is Trump being played? Analysts say the summit is a massive gamble—one that risks legitimizing one of the world’s worst human rights abusers. “We got nothing for it. And Kim will never give up his nukes,” Obama administration Asia adviser Evan S. Medeiros tells the New York Times. “Kim played Moon and is now playing Trump.”

Like I said…..so many things can go wrong…..

I wish I could be more optimistic….but after 12 months of the Reality Show in the White House I sadly cannot be so…..this is just a show for both sides.

And this is how you get “Stormy” off the front pages.

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17 thoughts on “Hands Across The DMZ

  1. As I said on Doug’s blog, I feel this is what Kim wanted all along, that ‘recognition’ of being a world power to be reckoned with. He probably never had any nukes to start with, and now he can boast to his people that he has forced America into having discussions. And if it isn’t until May, a lot can happen in the meantime.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. Rocketman and predecessors have played all US presents since end of Korean War but not this president. Rocketman is indeed a world power to be reckoned with as he can intimidate all of Asia with nukes and sells stuff to Iran.

      2. His change of heart makes me think that he is trying to play the president….again to much of a change for me to trust the situation….chuq

  2. This is evolving because China believes Trump will indeed go military to stop NK and because NK believes Trump is willing to go military. I hope Rocket Man is convinced that he benefits so much by being non nuke. Libya gained a lot by giving up nuke goal except Hillary had him assassinated anyway. The steel import tax is also against China for their merely cosmetic restraint on NK. Trump has already excluded Mexico and Canada from steel import tax and I predict it will be reduced on Europeans too because real intent was to punish China from whom we purchase 41% of our imported steel according to one report I read. It is of such low quality we should not by any steel from China. Their massive construction projects will begin to disintegrate in a few decades because the rebar in columns and lentils and foundations is of low quality as is the cement they use. To increase profit they add too much sand to their cement and concrete. Ace Hardware which is really a China outlet does not allow returns on hand tools because steel low quality. For example a phillips head screw driver is striped after just a few uses. The Trump haters and the democrats will never give Trump respect or credit no matter hew positively this NK initiative may turn out. If it works it will be the most dramatic Asian foreign policy accomplishment since ending the Korean War and another campaign promise Trump has kept.

    1. WE will never know because Trump does not want it to be settled…..he gets more support when he accuses others of whatever BS it is ….it is easier than an actual solution….chuq

  3. “’I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure strategy … brought us to this juncture,’ Chung said.” And a little bit of unpredictable crazy…. Amateur hour at the negotiation table. I wonder if there will be a nuclear-armed North Korea with a Trump Tower in Pyongyang, profits going to the US Treasury, of course. Yep!

    1. This did what it was designed to do….it got Trump and his Stormy problem off the front page….remember his DACA meeting or his gun meeting or….they did nothing as far as policy but they did get him some favorable press….I think that is what this is……chuq

      1. It’s maddening how he does that. I do believe there is a conscious effort to divert us with his silly tweets, tweets that are silly that is. And it keeps the entire country in a state of confusion.

  4. Rather reminds me of the film.. “Seven Days In May”…

    “Seven Days in May is a 1964 American political thriller motion picture about a military-political cabal’s planned takeover of the United States government in reaction to the president’s negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. ”

    Interesting…………………………….

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