As Iran speeds toward developing nuclear capable weapons, and President Obama’s foreign policy “legacy” continues to crumble, President Trump continues to build an impressive Presidential resume.
The latest feather in his cap has been the easing of tension on the Korean peninsula, and the possibility that in the very near future we could see peace between North and South Korea.
Peace in Korea is almost unthinkable, particularly when we realize that the Korean War has been a part of our planet’s life continually for the last 68 years and that every President since Harry Truman has sought to bring the conflict to an end. Could President Trump really be the catalyst to end almost 70 years of tension? We’ll soon see.
For now, the peace process seems to be moving along in a positive direction. After meeting for just one day, President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were able to agree to some basic but very important promises.
From Fox News:
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”— a historic concession, which was one of the requirements the U.S. sought at the summit in Singapore.
The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day. Trump was asked by a reporter if Kim agreed to denuclearize and he said, “We are starting that process very quickly.”
Trump did not refer to the document as a treaty or agreement.
Trump said at a press conference that he will be ending joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea…
Another very important part of this statement reminds us of how much President Trump actually cares about the people he serves. The President made a point of speaking with the North Korean leader about returning ALL of the remains of American prisoners of war who died in Korea and of those who are still missing in action. The North Korean leader agreed to their release, and the President seems confident that those remains should be home soon.
Trump told reporters that the remains of U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action during the Korean War will also be returned.
Trump said he asked Kim to commit to returning the remains “and we got it.”
The president said he has received “countless calls” and letters from family members asking him to help them receive the remains of their loved ones.
This image may go down as one of the most historic moments in our foreign policy history.
Fox News went into greater detail about the historic statement of peace and goodwill signed by the two leaders.
Here’s the full text of the joint statement:
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
- The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
- The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.-DPRK summit.
President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
The President’s staff has already put many hours into laying the groundwork for peace, and there is much more to come, but the process has started surprisingly positive and surprisingly smoothly.
The President told the media that more meetings between the two leaders would likely be required, and that he would probably be inviting the North Korean leader to Washington, D.C. in the not-too-distant future. However, until then, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton would continue the hard work of negotiating with their North Korean counterparts and hopefully, one day soon, the world will learn what peace on the Korean Peninsula looks like.
NBA Hall of Famer, and probably the only man on the planet who can lay claim to being freinds with both Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman got very emotional when speaking about the historic summit and the possibility of peace. (Also, he’s wearing a #MAGA hat on CNN!)
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