Source: newpol.org

 Recently, North Korea has announced to Washington DC that it is prepared to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Prior to this announcement South Korea had informed the United States in March that North Korea and its leader Kim Jung Un were ready to meet with President Trump to discuss concerns regarding its nuclear program. Likewise, both United States and North Korean officials have communicated this to the Trump Administration. This has been a significant piece for the United States to consider opening a dialogue with North Korea. Additionally, this announcement was directly made and disseminated to the United States by North Korea itself rather then a third party, such as South Korea thus the Trump Administration and others in Washington feel more confidence in involvement in such a discussion.  

Yet, this comes as some what as not a surprise as the two sides have been working very hard on preparing the foundation for such talks. Likewise, both parties would not openly discuss the location and time of the potential meeting between the two countries.  

However, there is some uncertainty with this announcement made by North Korea. The uncertainty pertains to what the north means when they state denuclearization. This is because many in Washington and academics wonder if this means a complete standstill in the North’s weapons program or the elimination of its entire program.   The New York Times noted “[t]here is still no guarantee that the talks will happen, or that Mr. Kim is prepared to discuss denuclearization…” specifically in the terms and aspects that the Trump Administration and Washington DC wants, which is the complete elimination of a nuclear program in North Korea. Additionally, many wonder as to what concessions the United States would announce to the North in reply to the elimination of its nuclear program. Thus, the situation is rather tough to conclude effectively with certainty.  

Subsequently, however, just knowing that both the United States and North Korea are making pushes to find a solution to the issue demonstrates that both are eager to try and plant the necessary seeds for constructive negotiations.  

Yet, both the United States and North Korea have been mutually working towards a summit in which the two would meet and discuss the nuclear program issue. Moreover, if the summit comes to fruition it would be the first such meeting between a sitting United States President and a North Korean leader. Additionally, this meeting would be between two individuals that are of the mercurial and headstrong molds of leaders. Furthermore, South Korea announced its approval of a potential summit of the two countries [US and Korea].  Yet, South Korea has conceded to its people and the globe that it does not know as “…to what extent information is being shared between the two” that being the United States of America and North Korea.  

Also, many have acknowledged that current US north Korean policy is somewhat of a sour apple for these talks since it “is centered on the imposition of crippling sanctions, backed by the threat of military action — what the administration calls its “maximum pressure campaign.” 

However, this potential meeting would be the first summit for President Trump’s new national security advisor John Bolton. John Bolton is a former United Nation’s Ambassador and is a North Korean Hardliner. Bolton previously had reinforced with his support a pre-emptive military strike on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program destinations.  

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