Trump and his plans for North Korea


Matt Belinson, Head Sports Editor

Even before Donald Trump took office, his relationship with the nation of North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un was far from diplomatic. Then candidate Trump took to his rallies and microphones to bash the regime and their brash attempts to intimidate the rest of the world. As the President, his insults and defiant stance didn’t fade away.

     He called Kim Jong Un “rocketman” and stated to a room full of reporters that North Korea will be met with “fire and fury unlike anything they have ever seen” if the regime decided to attack the US or one of its allies. President Trump has made it clear to his supporters and critics that he wants to be more aggressive and tough on North Korea than his predecessors. The administration has imposed some of the toughest sanctions on the nation’s resources and economy. Those tough actions of the president were met with the regime announcing a new ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) system. North Korea stated publicly that Kim Jong Un would not hesitate to attack if Trump continued to belittle their home. Americans on the left and right began to fear another cold war, so the Trump administration is going to try an approach that seems contrasting to the president’s harsh tone. Trump is going to try diplomacy.

     China may not appear to have a leg to stand on in this international feud, but the nation supplies North Korea with the ability to provide limited power and resources to its citizens. China has been at the center of President Trump’s pressure, calling about President Xi and his “soft” approach toward the North Korea regime. China is claiming that both leaders of North Korea and the US have had talks with them about hosting a summit between the two. President Trump recently tweeted this update on the meeting.

     “There is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Looking forward to our meeting!”

     Trump has expressed intentions to press Kim on the halt on his nuclear program and the testing of the missiles over South Korea’s side of the country. North Korean officials have declined to divulge the intentions of their openness to meeting with the US. Many outside critics have claimed that the meeting itself is a form of complacency of the regime’s evil reputation and that meeting Kim Jong Un face to face gives him and his peers a sense of status.

     “If North Korea gets this meeting, there regime will be anointed to the same status and influence as a real country. This regime cannot be granted this audience, because it shows them that nuclear threats and human right violations are worth our time in real diplomacy. North Korea must be ignored and hit hard with economic penalties, not hosted by a true nation. Trump better hope that this meeting is more than a photo-op for Kim Jong Un, because if this passes and North Korea continues its tests, this circus was all for nothing,” said former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.

     Within the coming months, North Korea is expected to draft a proposal to start peace negotiations with their neighbors to the South. Both countries are still separated the DMZ and have been in quiet conflict since the early 1960 when the Korean war ended. Most believe these negotiations will have to wrap up before Kim even begins to think about a country that isn’t within their borders. The president has pushed North Korea further than any president before, which has received some credit from even proponents. To even get a partial agreement to meet is a great step toward true disarmament of the mysterious North Korean regime. Hopefully both countries want diplomacy as bad as the other and the world can rest easier.