President Donald Trump’s first term will come to an end with the denuclearization of North Korea, at least according to the Kim Jong Un.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim are meeting in Pyongyang until September 20th, where the two leaders are discussing “practical measures” toward denuclearization. The idea of bringing the nuclear threat in the region to an end was reportedly brought up by Kim.
The announcement regarding the proposed deadline was made by Moon’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-young.
After the announcement, Trump thanked the two leaders, saying they will “get it done together.”
This seems like a positive development following Trump’s decision to cancel a visit to Pyongyand last month.
At the time, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned lack of progress for the cancellation. However, Chung said that Kim remains enthusiastic about working toward the denuclearization of the peninsula.
Despite his “unchanged” faith in Trump, Kim has still to indicate which steps his country will take to finally give up on his nuclear arsenal.
On Twitter, Trump seemed content that Kim and Moon are having these talks.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018
Trump made history as the president who helped to make the June 12 summit with Kim and Moon possible, as the leaders of the two countries came together for the first time in 70 years while the Republican was the sitting president.
Prior to the meeting, however, many accused the president of triggering Kim and prompting him to want to start a nuclear war with his harsh tweets. But now that the relationship between the nations seems promising, some believe that Kim is flattering Trump so the U.S. will continue to trust him.
Regardless of what analysts suggest, Pompeo said that there is still “an enormous amount of work to do” so that North Korea gives up on its nuclear arms. The fact Kim has yet to declare any concrete step toward the goal proves he’s right.
While Pyongyang stopped its nuclear tests and test-firing missiles, Pompeo added, this is just the beginning.
“[T]he work of convincing Chairman Kim to make this strategic shift that we’ve talked about for a brighter future for the people of North Korea continues,” he said.
If Trump does see the concrete end to this decades-long war, expect to see a lot of Democrats bitter for having to concede that Trump had something to do with it.