President Donald Trump shocked the media world yesterday when he announced his intent to cancel the planned meeting between himself and Kim Jong-Un, yet it didn’t take long for the North Korea to come back to the bargaining table.
Trump, who penned the popular book The Art of the Deal, issued a statement explaining the reason behind his decision to cancel the peace summit, calling it a “tremendous setback” for North Korea as well as the world, but left the door open for the possibility of the June 12th meeting still taking place.
He said that he would continue to be open to the idea of a summit, even one on June 12, but only if denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was on the table.
“If and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” Trump said bluntly, adding that the economic sanctions against North Korea would stay in place as well as the campaign as maximum pressure.
He said that the United States military was prepared to defend allies in the region like Japan and South Korea and that they were willing to shoulder the financial burden.
“I hope that Kim Jong-un will ultimately do what is right,” Trump said, saying that the North Korean people deserved peace. “The bright and beautiful future can only happen when the threat of nuclear weapons is removed.”
In the letter to Kim, Trump said that the hostile statements from the regime made it impossible to have the meeting.
“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in the letter.
Newly appointed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, elaborated on the president’s decision to cancel the summit, explaining that North Korea representatives remained absent from planning meetings and ignored the Trump administration’s efforts to finalize the details of the historic meeting.
The North Korean government completely ignored the Trump administration’s efforts to nail down details of a planned June 12 nuclear arms summit in Singapore, effectively disappearing in the middle of pre-meeting protocol negotiations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met personally in April with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, sketching out the contours of the face-to-face that President Donald Trump canceled Thursday morning.
In testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Pompeo said there was no chance of ‘a successful outcome,’ in some part because Kim’s team was AWOL when it counted.
‘Over the past many days we have endeavored to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed, [which] was to put teams, preparation teams together, to begin to work to prepare for the summit,’ he told senators. ‘And we had received no response to our inquiries from them.’
Despite the tough talk on President Trump’s part, and the hard-line response from North Korea, it appears all is not lost regarding the planned June 12th meeting with Kim Jong-Un, as although North Korea at first treated Trump’s letter with hostility, they have since softened their tone.
“We’ll see what happens, it could even be the 12th,” Trump told reporters in the White House driveway on Friday morning. “We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’re going to see what happens.”
Trump commented on the negotiations on his trip to the Naval Academy to deliver their commencement address.
The president said that he was encouraged by the reversal in tone from North Korea.
“It was a very nice statement that they put out,” he said.
When asked by reporters if Kim was simply playing games with the United States, Trump replied, “Everybody plays games. You know that, You know that better than anybody.”
Trump announced the good news in a tweet this morning, saying he received a “warm and productive” reponse from North Korea and expressed optimism as to where it will lead.
Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018
North Korean officials issued a statement reinforcing their desire to stick to the original meeting date with Trump and “resolve issues”, stating they are open to “any format” that the US requests.
A top North Korean official had issued a statement Thursday evening expressing the regime’s “willingness” to sit down for a summit with the U.S.
“We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format,” North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said, according to Yonhap News outlet, which cited the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA.)
The official also said that Trump’s move to call off the summit highlighted the tensions between the two countries, further emphasizing the need for a meeting. The official added that Kim had been preparing for the summit.
Meanwhile the Democrats, who predictably criticize Trump for any and all decisions he makes, suggested that it would be “inappropriate” for Trump to sit down with Kim after the letter from Trump. The president accurately pointed out the Democrats attempts to sabotage any peace deal between North Korea and the United States, for the sole reason of a successful deal reflecting positively on Trump and his administration.
Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea. Just like they are coming to the defense of MS 13 thugs, saying that they are individuals & must be nurtured, or asking to end your big Tax Cuts & raise your taxes instead. Dems have lost touch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018
In reality, even if Trump secured a successful peace deal with North Korea and ensured their disarmament of nuclear weapons, the Democrats would criticize him all the same. Not only that, there is no doubt they will attempt to sabotage the peace deal every step of the way, despite the fact that it will make the world a safer place for millions of people, since their main objective is not to help humanity, but rather to displace and degrade President Trump at every turn.
Let that sink in, as the Democrats will gladly sacrifice world peace if it means feeding their never-ending lust for destroying Donald Trump’s presidency.
Although the mainstream media was quick to criticize Trump for canceling the summit, claiming that he cannot fathom the “finer points of diplomacy”, it should be obvious that typical diplomacy employed by past administrations has failed miserably when it comes to securing peace on the Korean peninsula. The reality is, due to Trump’s atypical approach to negotiating with hostile foreign leaders, he has come closer to a peace deal than any previous president. Whether conducting a real estate deal or negotiating with world leaders, the common denominator is people and human nature.
Since Trump is a political outsider has not been inundated with typical establishment politics for decades, then just maybe he can make significant progress towards world peace where past US leaders have failed. At very least, he should be afforded the chance to conduct negotiations in his own way and then judged on the results, rather than being sabotaged every step of the way by Democrats and establishment politicians.