Donald Trump became the first US president to walk along the North Korean side of the Military Demarcation Line on the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier, many American presidents came to the DMZ. And after Ronald Reagan (including him) for American presidents, this became a kind of tradition.

But Trump visited the DMZ together with the leader of North Korea. And not only they met, but also held talks.

None of the American presidents managed to organize in one year three meetings with the North Korean leader.

And each meeting of Trump and Kim is not only strengthening the developed trust between them, but also they are steps towards progress of the Korean peace settlement process.

Steps in the right direction.

Trump explains his progress in certain chemistry.

“It’s just a step, might be an important step and it might not. But what we are doing today is a step and probably it’s a step in the right direction”. (Trump)

“It would be a step and it wouldn’t be a step. It wouldn’t be a step. (Trump)

 

 

Trump also learned patience:

“I’m in no rush. The sanction are on. I’m in no rush with Iran. I’m never in a rush. If you are in a rush get yourself in trouble”.

Trump became the first American president under whom the Korean peace process moved in the right direction and became more specific.

The “Protagonist of the Korean Peninsula Peace Process” and the “Peace maker of the Korean Peninsula”, as Trump is called in South Korea.

However, the promotion of the peaceful Korean process is, of course, not only Trump’s credit.

The mediatory efforts of South Korean President Moon Jae In also play a huge role.

South Korea retains the role of the main mediator in negotiations between the United States and the DPRK. In reality, Seoul plays a key role in the negotiations.

So, Moon made every effort in holding the first summit in Singapore.

And it was Moon who saved the Singapore Summit from a disruption attempt. (Note: we remember that the Singapore summit last year was nearly disrupted).

The organization of this third summit is also the credit of Moon.

It was important to restart the peace process, to give it new impulses and dynamics.

 

Especially since the peace process has slowed down after the Vietnamese summit.

The peace process on the Korean Peninsula is driven by an alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea.

But in fact, the development of relations with China also plays an equally important role.

Before Hanoi, when Washington and Seoul deepened into “figuring out” bilateral relations (both in economic and defense cooperation), the alliance was slightly weakened.

As a result, the Korean peace interests were close from being negatively affected and process slowed down. (Note: if to analyze what was accomplished and what mistakes were made, based on the results of the Vietnamese summit. It is important to always draw conclusions from the past).

I think that in Seoul and Washington they understood the significance of their own defense alliance, which remains the guarantor of stability and security not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in East Asia.

 

Also, the Beijing-Seoul relationships are equally important for stability in East Asia.

Based on the results of the latest visit to the Korean Peninsula, Trump solved several strategic questions at once.

 

First, the new momentum and the new dynamic of the Korean peace process. (Note: I will not call it a “reset.” This is not a “reset.” As the goal, objectives, tactics and actors stay the same.

The peace process from summit to summit is overgrown with new specifics and clarity. The Vietnamese summit in this regard is no exception promoting the agreements reached at the first summit in Singapore). Maybe some skeptics doubt, but a peaceful settlement on the Korean Peninsula is making progress.

Secondly, Trump was able to establish direct contact with the leader of North Korea (which had always differentiate itself with increased closeness and mistrust).

But after decades of hostility, when the conflict was in fact frozen, Trump was not only able to establish trust, but that trust was also strengthened.

Trust is the most important value. If only for the sake of this alone, it is worth advancing the peace process. Without trust, there will be no progress.

 

Thirdly, a joint working group is being established. The group will be headed by the permanent representatives of both parties. Mike Pompeo will oversee. The working group will work on the development of a specific denuclearization roadmap. In general, this plan has been developed. But still some coordination is needed.

 

Fourth, Trump not only normalized relations with Pyongyang, but also strengthened the alliance with Seoul.

 

“…Normalisation of US-N.Korea relations and the North’s denuclearization should be carried out simultaneously, and stressed the close cooperation between Seoul and Washington” (Moon)

“….The partnership between our two nations and our two people is deep and enduring.

We have been proud to stand by your side for many decades as an unwavering friend and a loyal ally. And you have never had a time where this ally has been more loyal or stood by your side more than right now.

US and Republic of Korea are key partners that share deep historical, security and economic ties.

Our vital partnership is based on the shared principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law” (Trump)

Trump and Kim’s third meeting took place. But most likely, it is not the limit.

 

The fourth meeting and even the fifth meeting are already well seen. And Trump invited Kim to visit Washington (but for this, a number of conditions must be first fulfilled first).

The peaceful Korean process is gradually becoming irreversible.

 

“The dismantling of the Yongbyon facillties is the entrance to an irreversible stage toward complete denuclearization” (the president Moon)

 

by Igor Shevyrov(Ukraine)
(originally posted on https://igor-tiger.livejournal.com/2230686.html?utm_source=fbsharing&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1b0w4On0EYjIdh4A0QWif9ALEk_k0mCrwJFfFMWsoaFJhxiys3Q9ift8s)

1 COMMENT

  1. I like the article on peace initiatives between President Trump and North Korean leader. It is a great step taken in history.

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