Trump Expects US-North Korea Relations to Follow Vietnam
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un at Second Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by TheInsiderStories

JAKARTA (TheInsideStories) – President of United State (US) Donald Trump invited North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un to the his country, after becoming the first American president to ever set foot in North Korea. He visited the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea on Sunday (30/06).

Both leaders’ impromptu meeting after Trump tweeted an invitation to Kim on Saturday when Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Osaka, Japan.

Trump wrote on his twitter: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon Jae-in). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

President Jae-in said to Trump when a dinner on Saturday, that the meeting (with Kim) is an historic event. Even the meeting canceled, it would have a significant outcome that because Trump showed sincerity to Kim.

Trump should have visited the DMZ last year where were Kim and Moon held an historic first summit, during a 2017 visit to South Korea, but heavy fog canceled it.

Reportedly, when arrived in Pyongyang, after shaking hands with Kim in DMZ between the two Koreas and walking with him over the border, Trump said: “Stepping across that line is a great honor. Great progress has been made, great friendships have been made and this has been, in particular, a great friendship.”

Previously the second meeting took place in Vietnam failed to reach an agreement for denuclearization and demands for sanctions easing for North Korea.

After a trilateral meeting between Kim, Trump and Moon, Trump said he agreed with Kim to discuss nuclear negotiations that had not reached an agreement earlier this year in Hanoi.

Trump said he had invited Kim to visit US at the right time. Trump explain it will not be in a hurry.

“We’re looking to get it right,” he said. “We are going to have teams, they will meet over the next weeks and start a process. We will see what happens,” Trump added.

Nevertheless, Trump does not rule out sanctions, but suggested Washington might be willing to offer concessions for the slowly improving changes from North Korea towards denuclearization.

At the previous time this approach was rejected. According to Trump At some points during the negotiation things can happen.

Reported by the Guardian, Kim said the meeting at the heavily armed border, which was originally supposed to be a brief exchange of pleasantries but lasted almost an hour, was symbolic of warming ties between the US and North Korea.

“I think, this meeting took place between the two countries which were hostile in the past,” Kim said. He added,” We show new gifts to the world today and show positive meetings in the future,” he explained.

US – Russia

Before met Kim, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, AP reported on Wednesday (06/26). The two leaders talks come amid bitter differences between Washington and Moscow on various issues.

The US – Russia ties have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Putin has denied that Russia has meddled in the vote to help Trump win, even though US special counsel Robert Mueller has uncovered extensive evidence to the contrary.

Soviet Union leader and Trump have met on the sidelines of several international meetings, most recently at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last fall. They also had a full-fledged summit in Helsinki, Finland last July, after which Trump had faced fierce criticism at home for accepting Putin’ denial of meddling in the US vote.

New rounds of anti-Russia sanctions followed the Helsinki meeting, and Trump has announced the withdrawal from a key arms control pact signed in 1987 with the then Soviet Union. Putin followed suit. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is set to terminate this summer, raising fears of a new arms race.

Another major nuclear pact — the New Start treaty that entered force in 2012 — is set to expire in 2021 unless Moscow and Washington negotiate an extension. However, the Trump administration has been trying to win Russia over as a partner on the world stage and peel it away from its ally Iran.

Written by Willy Matrona, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com