The Korean War officially ended in an armistice in 1953. But a peace treaty was never signed. The two sides have remained overtly hostile for 56 years…and counting.
US President Donald Trump has made it a priority to finally end the conflict. To achieve that, he’s demanding an end to North Korea’s ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs.
Trump is far from the first US president to attempt reconciliation. But he could well be the first to succeed. And he’s employing a big carrot backed by an even bigger stick to make it happen.
The US president is scheduled for his second face to face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on 27 and 28 February in Hanoi, Vietnam.
As reported by DPA, a senior White House official says that Trump plans to highlight the host of benefits that await if Pyongyang agrees to denuclearise.
‘President Trump is looking to, after really, in some respect, breaking the ice in June, to talk in more depth about the kind of future North Korea could enjoy,’ the official said.
They added that the North’s potentially bright future depends on its ‘final and full denuclearisation.’
North Korea has enormous economic potential
Trump has often stated that North Korea has ‘enormous’ economic potential if it opened its doors to the rest of the world. With South Korea — where per capita GDP tops US$30,000 — as an example, the North has a lot to gain by complying.
That’s the carrot.
In Trump’s other hand is the sanctions stick. Sanctions he ramped up to crippling levels in his first year in office.
Playing it cool, Trump says he’s in ‘no rush’ to see Kim dismantle his nuclear capabilities, so long as there are no further nuclear or ballistic missile tests. In the meantime, he’s adamant that the tough sanctions will not be lifted.
And while Trump is eager to bring US forces home from their deployments across the globe, he has not touched on reducing the size of the 28,000 strong US force currently deployed in South Korea.
In a sign of just how desperately North Koreans need the carrot approach — literally in this case — the UN says North Korea is once again running short of food.
According to DPA, yesterday UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric revealed that food production figures provided by North Korea indicate, ‘There is a food gap of about 1.4 million tons expected for 2019, and that’s crops including rice, wheat, potato and soybeans.’
The Northern regime has a long history of funding its military rather than providing for the basic needs of its people. But that has not stopped it from asking for assistance from international humanitarian groups. A request it has once again made this week.
Perhaps the food aid should also be put on hold until Kim Jong-un agrees to finally give up his nuclear weapons?
We’ll leave that one to Donald Trump.
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