North Korean-American Summit Back On
A few months ago President Donald Trump announced a joint summit between the United States and North Korea. Then on May 24, Trump announced that the summit was canceled. After two days of negotiations, on June 1, Trump gave a press conference stating that the joint summit was back on.
This summit, which is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, will be a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-Un, leader of North Korea. Recently North Korean and U.S. relations have been very stressed. The U.S.’s current North Korean policy is a maximum pressure campaign with heavy economic sanctions.
The goal of this Summit is to eventually get North Korea to destroy their Nuclear arsenal. However, Trump says that although this meeting may lead to a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War of 1950-1953, it is more of a get to know each other meeting. Trump suggests that it will probably be a long process to reach a consensus on North Korean Nuclear weapons.
A deal with North Korea, targeting their nuclear stockpile, has long been a goal of American presidents. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have been engaged in talks with North Korea, but their deals ultimately fell apart. However neither of them agreed to meet with the leader of North Korea in person.
It was a blow to hopes of a North Korea-US treaty when Trump cancelled the meeting. The White House stated that Kim Jong-Un had shown “tremendous anger and open hostility” towards Trump. They cited North Korea’s failure to show up when the U.S. sent an advance team to Singapore and to verify claims that it destroyed its nuclear site, as well as a lack of communication. The announcement came the day after North Korean official, Choe Son Hui called Mike Pence a “political dummy”.
U.S. officials met extensively on May 31 and June 1 to try and reconcile the talks. The meetings included one in which Trump met with an high ranking North Korean envoy who hand delivered a message from Kim Jong-Un. Then on June 1 the White House stated that joint summit was back on.
“We’re over that, totally over that, and now we’re going to deal and we’re really going to start a process,” said Trump in a press conference announcing that the summit was back on.
Many political analysts say that the summit is a risky move for Trump. If the talks go poorly, it could affect the midterm elections in November. However, throughout America people are hopeful of improved diplomatic relations between the U.S. and North Korea.