The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a historic event, as Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to enter North Korea, after meeting Kim Jong-un in the DMZ, which separates north and south.
US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim posed for handshakes before talking for nearly an hour in the demilitarized zone. Both leaders agreed to set up teams to resume stalled nuclear talks.
Warmongers came out in full force, criticizing Trump for this historic, diplomatic step, characterizing the gesture as ‘political theatre’ and saying North Korea needs to show that it is serious about destroying its nuclear program.
In the four months since the Hanoi summit ended in failure, very little has happened between the US and North Korea, and there has been a lot of pessimism about the future of the nuclear talks coming from both sides.
This weekend, things changed drastically, as President Trump suggested, in the wake of the G-20 meeting, that he could maybe stop by the Korean demilitarized zone to meet with Kim Jong Un. This seemed really unlikely on the surface, as previous meetings took months to piece together. Yet it happened, and in an historic first, President Trump crossed the border into North Korea during the meeting at Panmunjom.
Having set foot into North Korea, Trump is now suggesting Kim will be invited to visit the US next, and that no longer seems like such a remote possibility either. With Trump making the first move, Kim clearly could justify going to the US next time.
After months of pessimism, North Korea’s state media is now extremely positive about the Trump-Kim interaction. They are suggesting that this could be the breakthrough to a deal on the Korean denuclearization, and importing bilateral relationships.
South Korean officials were a bit mixed on the meeting, with some viewing the meeting as lacking substance. On the other hand, some South Korean officials saw this meeting as a real sign of hope after months of negativity, a potentially very positive move.
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