Elder Patriot – The hostilities that have been raging between North and South Korea for nearly 68 years my finally be coming to a peaceful solution. Following a period of open warfare after the communist insurgency in NK invaded SK an armistice was declared and a demilitarized zone was established.
There was no agreed upon peace and the region around the DMZ remained a tense area of standoff for the next 65 years. That spanned the terms of 12 different presidents.
North Korea became a military dictatorship with a per capita GDP of $665. South Korea focused on ensuring individual freedoms and building a capitalist economy. SK’s per capita GDP is $29,891.
North Korea’s aggression was containable until the North began developing nuclear weapons and stated that their intention was to threaten the world with them in return for financial considerations. A string of presidents from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama gave the same prepackaged speeches to America while they kicked the can down the road to where we were when Donald Trump was inaugurated.
Finally, President Trump said no more. Knowing that only deals that benefit both sides have any long-term chance of success, Trump went hard at North Korea’s Kin Jong-un. He alternatively threatened Kim and enticed him with what could be for him and his people.
It now appears that Trump’s tactics are working. This past Thursday the leaders of NK, Kim Jong-un and South Korea, Moon Jae-in exchanged handshakes at the DMZ and took pictures on both sides of the border. After they met in private enough common ground had been established that they released this joint declaration:
“The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace has begun.”
The Daily Asian Age wrote:
“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced after pledging on Friday to work for the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” punctuating a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade. The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean war and seek an agreement to establish “permanent” and “solid” peace in its place.”
Almost immediately South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha explained the circumstances led to the dramatic change in attitude by Kim.
“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump. He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”
“I think we’re all surprised. Obviously pleasantly surprised. I think by all indications we are headed towards a very successful summit between my president and Chairman Kim tomorrow.
Kang continued in her praise of President Trump saying his stridency and determination to make a deal happen were to credit:
“At the end, the message was North Korea will not be accepted — never be accepted as a nuclear power.”
Contrary to the mainstream media’s portrayal of President Trump as a self-absorbed credit hog he remained in the background choosing only to tweet some encouragement to both parties:
After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018
The media is crazed because Trump isn’t a “typical” politician. But that’s exactly why he solves problems where his predecessors failed.