What a difference a year makes?
About one year ago, North Korea was testing hydrogen bombs and also testing ballistic missiles that could reach American soil.
Fast forward one year to early this week as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shaking hands and on camera together after signing a document with the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
The document, in which details are still being released, also include Un’s plan to destroy a significant missile testing site.
The U.S. has declared some “security guarantees” meanwhile the remains of nearly 6,000 U.S. prisoners of war or those missing in action during the Korean War will be returned.
While it is likely there will end up being some head scratching on some parts of this deal as more details are announced, this is a historic moment in the last 25 years for our government.
Whatever your political persuasion is, it is clear that President Trump should be given credit for bringing the North Korean leader to the table. In the past, administrations typically took a quiet approach to the propaganda and threats spewed by North Korea.
Even before President Trump was elected, he publicly discussed North Korea and even called its leader a few names.
One time he said in lieu to North Korea’s threats that their country would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Fast forward to June 2017 when 22-year-old Otto Wambler was returned to the U.S. when he was in a coma after being incarcerated in North Korea for 15 years for stealing a propaganda poster. Wambler was first arrested for his offense in January 2016.
Vice President Mike Pence has since been on the record in saying that he has told Wambler’s father that his son “will not have died in vain.” Trump made a statement on June 19, 2017 regarding Wambler’s death.
“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” Trump said. “The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”
In putting things together, Wambler’s death, at the very least, started some type of discussion between the two countries leading to the historic summit this week in Singapore.
Again, I’m not one to wear a “Make America Great Again” hat as a Trump supporter would.
There are several things I disagree with the president on in how he handles some situations.
That being said, he deserves all the credit for bringing North Korea to the table.
Perhaps, North Korea’s people may finally see the flood gates open to food and freedom.
Regardless of what you think on this matter, this deal is good for the North Korean people.
It’s perhaps the most likely chance that a change will happen in North Korea for the better and the horrible living conditions could soon change. Here’s hoping for the best, which is something that never seemed possible before this week.