The clock for the summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, planned for Singapore on June 12th, goes fast.
By Anna Kim
It feels like a roller coaster to see how the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead.
When President Trump scrapped their June 12th Singapore meeting through a dejected, but palsy-walsy, letter to Kim Jong Un on the 24th of May, the Korean Peninsula’s status quo was left mist-shrouded. He blamed North Korea’s smack talk, saying, “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting…You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used…” However, he also did not rule out restoring the meeting, saying, “If you change your mind having to do with this most important issue, please do not hesitate to call me or write…”
As President Trump’s cancellation happened right after South Korean President Moon Jae In met with Trump in the U.S.A. and returned to his homeland, South Korea was left in shock. The next day, President Moon publicly said he was very perplexed and it was very regrettable that the summit was not going ahead. Kim Jong Un also called for informal talks to President Moon to tide over the abrupt occurrence.
Luckily enough, President Trump said in a tweet, 24 hours since he had pulled out of the meeting with Kim, before the two Korean leaders held their talk at Tongil-gak in the North Korean domain, that, “We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th, and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date.”
It is said that his volte-face in the audacious foreign policy signaled glimmers of hope of the unprecedented summit, not a diplomatic gimmick, as in the art of the deal. His about-face seemed to be caused by North Korea’s conciliatory statement made by Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s first Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the 25th of May. He said, “We have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problems regardless of ways at any time. President Trump’s decision is not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world, to say nothing of those in the Korean Peninsula.”
Hereby, the bilateral summit full of twists and turns seems to be back on, and the world will keep tabs on what happens from now on. So far, the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea’s complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program, while North Korea had always couched its language in terms of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is not totally something to the detriment of the world, but the nucleus button towards the world’s complete peace that all mankind entirely should root for.
Wishes of everlasting peace in the Korean Peninsula have been escalating.
“After 65 years of living under the constant threat of conflict, there is a great feeling of hope and enthusiasm that a peaceful and verifiable agreement can be reached,” said David Kim, Democratic Candidate for US Congress in the 7th district of Georgia. “I encourage all parties to continue negotiations to achieve a peaceful end for the Korean people and beyond.”