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What We Learned from the Trump-Kim Summit

Robert Dimuro

Posted on June 18, 2018 08:26

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Peace between the United States and North Korea is no longer on the horizon; it's here.

On June 12, President Trump managed to do what few could have envisioned just a few short months ago. The entire world looked on eagerly as he and Kim Jong-un shook hands, marking the first time a U.S. president has ever met face to face with a North Korean leader since the rogue nation’s inception.

The spectacle was a victory for both leaders. President Trump proved that he has not only the ability to be successful with negotiations in the business arena but also with those involving his country on the world stage. Chairman Kim was able to bring home valuable propaganda, including the appearance of him and Trump being on equal footing and proof that Kim can interact with world leaders successfully on behalf of his people.

Kim can show that he's advancing the country’s interests — vowing to completely denuclearize in return for peace and a stronger economic future.

The friendly interaction between the two leaders promises to usher in a new era of peaceful relations between the U.S. and North Korea. Even before drafting any specific or detailed agreements, the tension that has been mounting since Kim’s repeated nuclear tests and Trump’s provocative stabs at him seems to have been quelled completely.

The efforts that lie ahead for both nations will no longer involve preparing for war. They will involve strengthening diplomatic and economic ties for the years to come.

The initial success of the summit speaks to President Trump’s shrewd instinct and his uncanny ability to read people and their motivations. As the most powerful country in the world, the U.S. should have tremendous leverage in dealing with most other countries, especially North Korea.

Previous administrations have either not known how to use our strength to our advantage or have been shy about doing so, as North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile proliferation had already shown.

Trump, with the economic backing of the international community and the intimidation of our powerful military, has gotten Kim to come to the table on terms that serve the interests of the U.S. and the world. Such strength should have been used in negotiations with Iran, instead of our releasing $151 billion without having any real verification or monitoring of their nuclear program.

Critics of the summit argue that history is repeating itself, as North Korea has agreed to denuclearization in the past without being sincere. However, as I’ve written before, Kim Jong-un is a different supreme leader, and Trump is a different president.

Kim clearly doesn’t want North Korea to be a hermit nation anymore that survives by clinging on to the threat of using its nuclear weapons. Likewise, if we know anything about President Trump, we know that he negotiates from a position of strength, not weakness. He will do everything in his power to ensure that North Korea either complies with the terms of the summit or suffers the full wrath of the U.S. and the international community.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on June 18, 2018 08:26

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