Amid growing tensions between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un about denuclearization, there comes a sense of relief as the breakage of diplomatic orthodoxy is about take place. Trump has agreed to meet Kim to discuss many issues including denuclearization. The world has been taken aback by the decision as the U.S. has always been well known for its diplomatic orthodoxy. The negotiations will take place and it is possible that Kim will ask for a deal to provide entire safety to North in exchange for denuclearization.
The economic stress put on by Trump’s campaign has enforced Kim to consider what seemed impossible before, giving in the illegitimate nuclear program started by his father. The U.S. is in driving seat and will try to make best of the situation. Moreover, this is high risk situation on which Trump may gain high rewards if everything goes through according to the way he wants.
Donald Trump would become the first sitting President of the U.S. to meet North Korean President. Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said, “He’s taking a risk. By seizing an opportunity for a summit meeting, a decision that would have taken much more time in another administration, the president has said, ‘I’m going to go right now. And we’re going to test this.”
The past year has been spent in exchanging words against each other. There are possibilities of going everything wrong. Proposal by Kim may be a ploy to gain time for further development of weapon’s program and sanctions. Or this meeting may not come to any fruition and military tensions will grow in the Korean peninsula.
Trump’s decision has driven attention away from domestic tensions including a lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels over alleged affair with him and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation about Russian meddling. The announcement to meet Kim came in the wake of his decision to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.
Trump administration is aware that the invitation by Kim may not in good faith and there would be some ploy. However, Trump’s advisers believe that if they continue to put pressure before the summit, Kim will have to make concessions even if he enters talks with a thought that he can avoid them. Trump assured that North will not gain any immediate consolation through a Twitter post after the announcement of the meeting. Trump said, “Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached.”
Republican lawmakers appreciated the risk taken by Donald Trump. Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement, “I do believe that North Korea now believes President Trump will use military force if he has to.” He added that the worst possible thing Kim can do is try to play Trump. If Kim does that, it will result in end of his regime. Senator Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, also appreciated Trump’s effort. He said on Twitter, “Expectations should be low and history demonstrates that skepticism and careful diplomatic work are necessary, but it is better to be talking about peace than recklessly ramping up for a war.”
Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, casted aside the possibility of denuclearization. He said that summit would help in extending relative warmth that started during the Olympics, but denuclearization would be “extremely unlikely.” He outlined that nuclear weapons are fundamental to strengthen grip on power for the Kim family in domestic politics. Only time will tell how it will turn out and what changes will take place in the world politics.