Air Force One in Singapore

The anticipated summit between the United States and North Korea has occurred, and with it, comes the hope that these two countries will reconcile their differences and perhaps embark on a more diplomatic journey into the future. Peace is something that every person should desire, and this meeting shows promise towards that end. However, will things continue to go as planned, and is there more going on than what meets the eyes? Amid the celebration and good feelings that have taken hold due to this historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, hard diplomatic work and compromise are still needed to keep this ship afloat.

So, what have we learned from the summit so far? We know that a document was signed by President Trump and Kim outlining a plan towards ending hostilities on the peninsula and improving relations between the two countries, which includes the denuclearization of Korea. Improved relations with other countries would also assist in turning North Korea into an economic and diplomatic member of the world community, which would in turn benefit the struggling people in that country. Another statement that came as a shock was that of Trump suggesting that military exercises in the region would halt due to the perceived threat that they pose to the Kim regime. If this occurs, it would be a great diplomatic feat that would contribute towards Kim’s trust of the United States and the likelihood that a peaceful solution to the conflict is possible. In addition, Kim agreed to dismantle a major missile-testing site.

However, it was announced that economic sanctions would remain in place until it was deemed appropriate by American officials. This likely means that North Korea would have to prove that it no longer has an active nuclear weapons program before the sanctions would be removed. As you may be aware from my past work, economic sanctions are provocative and nothing short of an act of war, but hopefully this can be overlooked by Kim’s government so the diplomacy can continue.

Despite the optimism that came out of Monday’s meeting, we have to consider the possibility that this whole thing is a way to have an interim peace with North Korea in order to deal with Iran. The United States withdrew from the nuclear treaty with Iran, announced the re-issuing of previous economic sanctions against the country, and began the anti-Persian rhetoric in the last few months. Could this North Korea summit be a stunt for Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize and make it look like the United States is going down a road of peace, only to find out that in the upcoming months or years, American troops will be landing or flying in Iran? President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and then he proceeded to constantly bomb the Middle East for the next seven years. Plus, withdrawing from the nuclear treaty with Iran may cause wariness on the part of North Korea because it may show that the United States is not willing to commit to its agreements.

The bigger question, though, is whether the United States government will abandon its quest to dominate the world. The answer to this would be an unequivocal “no.” There will always be an enemy for the United States to chase and rid the world of, whether it is the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, ISIS, Bashar al-Assad, Iran, the Russian Federation, or China. If we can predict the future using history, it will be safe to say that there will be another war front somewhere in the world within the next couple of years. Now that diplomacy may be taking hold in Korea, Iran seems like the likely candidate for an invasion. I hope that I am wrong on this and that I am just being overly pessimistic, but history often has a habit of repeating itself. Time will tell, but at least the summit that took place in Singapore between the United States and North Korea was a step in the right direction.

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Published on June 13, 2018 02:45
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