WHILE many lauded US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea for the recent historic deal in Singapore as this would bring peace to the Korean peninsula and the world for now, experts mostly agreed complete denuclearization by North Korea is impossible.
So news report that President Trump is being nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for having a peace talk with Kim in Singapore might be considered a bit premature.
Tensions arose during the past year when North Korea tested its nuclear and thermo nuclear or nitrogen bombs as well as its inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of carrying those warheads into the US territory.
Such moves had spurred President Trump to come out imposing trade sanctions as well as threatening the use of force to destroy North Korea amidst a war of words between the two leaders.
Peace through superior fire power seems to be the reasons believed by world political analysts like Pat Hemasuk and Thanong Fanclub, both of whom have large number of fans on Facebook.
Without inter-continental missiles and nuclear bombs, President Trump would never come to a negotiating table with North Korea, a small, poor country, they said, adding who would believe President Trump would meet with Kim.
They agreed that the peaceful situation would prevail for a certain period of time, probably one or two years, during which further negotiations would continue.
But in the end, Kim would not trust what the US would offer, and finally it is believed history would repeat itself.
Pat pointed out that in the past American presidents have a tendency of scrapping predecessors’ deals.
“Back stabbing is a normal practice of the US,” he said, citing the following examples.
- George Bush pushed the UN to inspect chemical weapons and missiles in Iraq. Iraq cooperated but after inspection, nothing was found. Bush then ordered Iraq invasion resulting in Iraq being destroyed and Saddam assassinated.
- George Bush signed a nuclear deal with Libya. Obama scrapped the nuclear deal, invaded Libya and Gaddafi was assassinated.
- Bill Clinton signed a deal with Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un’s father. George Bush scrapped the deal, but could not invaded North Korea as China stood behind North Korea and that’s why Kim Jong Un could continue with his nuclear bomb.
- Obama signed a nuclear deal with Iran together with four countries. Trump scrapped the deal and sanctioned Iran, which is suffering till today.
He said the future remains to be seen but it is understood that Kim seemed suspicious during the meeting with Trump.
But looking on the bright side, there would be calm during this period at the Korean peninsula and Asia Pacific region.
Consider that five months ago, Trump and Kim were having war of words boasting “mine is bigger” about the size of their respective nuclear weapons.
In September, Trump called the North Korean regime “depraved” and “a band of criminals” as he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if necessary, while Kim warned “the entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons”. North Korea, at one point, threatened to unleash a “salvo of missiles” onto the US territory of Guam.
So, the hand shaking between the two is good for everyone, for the world.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tried to tamp down expectations, saying that this summit was just the beginning phase of what will be a drawn-out, step-by-step process that would not lead to major North Korean disarmament until the end of the president’s term in 2021.
Top: The two leaders shake hands again before their one-on-one meeting. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP via CNN
First in-text: Trump holds up the document they signed. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images via CNN
Second in-text: The two leaders are joined by their respective delegations for a private meeting. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images via CNN
Third in-text: After their one-on-one meeting, Kim and Trump walked together at the Capella Hotel. From a veranda, Trump told waiting reporters that the meeting had been “very, very good.” He also said “excellent relationship.” Photo: Evan Vucci/AP via CNN
Below: Members of the media work at the international press center in Singapore. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images via CNN
By Kowit Sanandang