US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un have become great friends. After exchanging harsh words early on, the two great leaders have patched things up and now write love letters to each other. Korea is on the verge of reunification, and another historic summit is on the agenda for 2019 to celebrate.
“We are hopeful that in the new year, President Trump and Chairman Kim will get together not too long after the first of the year and make even further progress on taking this (nuclear) threat to the United States away from us,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told KNSS Radio of Kansas.
“No more missiles being tested, no more nuclear testing. We’re in a better place today,” he added.
Trump and Kim met in June in Singapore where the two men were extremely cordial and friendly. In the months since, Kim has met frequently with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue the road to peace. Moon’s administration credits Trump with the incredible, unprecedented progress happening right now.
“I think we’re all surprised. Obviously pleasantly surprised. I think by all indications we are headed towards a very successful summit between my president and Chairman Kim tomorrow,” South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said to CNN reporters.
“You need to create the reality of peace by removing hostilities… And then when there is sufficient confidence on both sides, then you are ready to sign a peace treaty,” Kang added.
And because of Trump’s overtures, the confidence has been built. Trump is also bringing troops home from Syria, and Afghanistan is expected to be next. For the first time in decades, the United States is putting its own interests first and being a global force for peace rather than aggression. Trump is living up to his non-interventionist promise.