After all the threats and rhetoric, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is on the verge of proving that he is less insane than President Donald Trump as talks between North Korea and South Korea continue.
After successfully participating in a unified Winter Olympic Games, it appears North Korea and South Korea are preparing to take the next step in peace talks that are only a couple months old.
During a meeting this week, North Korea reportedly agreed to denuclearize if Kim Jong-Un and his regime are protected.
South Korea National Security Office director Chung Eui-Yong was present at the meeting and explained the key moment.
“The North side clearly affirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of its regime be guaranteed and military threats against North Korea removed,” he said. “In addition, the North promised not to use not only nuclear weapons but also conventional weapons against the South.”
If South Korea agrees, Trump would have to refrain from ordering military action against the North no matter how obsessed he is with going to war. Because if Trump strikes North Korea, it will sabotage peace talks. It could also mean removing American soldiers from South Korea for the first time since the end of the Korean War.
The question, of course, is whether North Korea will honor their promise. Kim Jong-Un is notoriously unstable and can’t seriously expect South Korea just to drop their defenses, especially since there are hundreds of artillery units aimed directly at the city of Seoul. Both nations are still technically at war, and Jong-Un’s “commitment” could be nothing more than a ruse designed to make South Korea vulnerable to an invasion.
But at least North Korea is at the peace table, and the idea of reducing the nuclear threat is out there.
Now if we can just muzzle Trump to keep him from saying or tweeting something that could derail the peace talks, we may finally have a chance to avert a nuclear apocalypse.
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