Since the early days of this administration, President Donald Trump has been trying to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
As he makes headway, North Korea has caved to pressure and made public its formal requirement for denuclearization, prior to sitting down with President Trump for the next round of discussions.
A Clear Plan
On several occasions, the United States has initiated sanctions against North Korea. Additionally, the United States and South Korea carry out military exercises which North Korea deems to be a threat to its national security.
According to the statement from North Korean officials, this must cease before they are willing to come back to the table.
North Korea described the United States as having two possible approaches to their demands. Dependent upon the path the United States takes, it could lead to “crisis” or “chance.”
The North Korean official stated, “Clear and invariable is the DPRK’s stand. The discussion of denuclearization may be possible when threats and hurdles endangering our system security and obstructing our development are clearly removed beyond all doubt.”
Charging Towards Peace
While North Korea has a long history of being defiant and instigating conflict, Kim Jong-Un seems to finally be willing to work towards peace.
Trump has seemingly reached common ground with Kim that no other president has even come close to obtaining. Now, for all Kim’s bluster, he is almost apologetic in nature during his interactions with Trump.
For instance, when the United States and South Korea were conducting exercises this year, Kim again conducted missile tests.
The difference this time, though, was that his missiles were launched harmlessly over the ocean and never came close to threating either Japan or South Korea, unlike previous tests.
North Korea’s first vice foreign minister has even requested to sit down with U.S. representatives in late September.
If President Trump somehow manages to get this deal done, it would not only be considered one of the greatest accomplishments of his presidency, but it would also go down as one of the most impressive foreign policy feats of any American president.