When President Trump took office from Obama, he was told handling North Korea would be one of his most difficult undertakings. But recently, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un surprised the world by agreeing to peace talks with South Korea, two countries that have been at odds for the past 65 years. Now Jong-Un says he wants to have a meeting with the United States.
While the meeting between President Trump and Jong-Un doesn’t have a definite date as of yet, Jong-Un has been meeting with South Korea as he promised. Last week, he crossed the border into South Korea, a move that would have been considered unbelievable in years prior.
During this meeting, Jong-Un was said to have told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would cease all production of nuclear weaponry if Trump continued to help the two countries be amicable and promised not to invade North Korea, The New York Times reported.
In a show of good faith, Jong-Un said he will dismantle his one and only underground nuclear test site and encouraged U.S. and South Korean officials, experts and journalists to come for the event.
This would presumably take place before Trump meets with the foreign dictator. The Trump administration is cautious of Jong-Un’s recent tactics. John R. Bolton, the National Security Adviser, wants to make sure the rapid dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program is done correctly.
In turn, Bolton said they would need “full, complete, total disclosure of everything related to their nuclear program with a full international verification.”
Jong-Un allegedly told president Jae-in during their meeting: “I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific or at the United States.”
This could be nothing more than a ploy by North Korea to have sanctions placed against the country removed. But if Jong-Un follows through with his promises, it could be the beginning of a new era with North Korea.