WASHINGTON, March 8, 2018 – President Trump will be the first American President to meet with the dictator ruler of North Korea. Kim Jong Un has said that he wants to meet with the U.S. president as quickly as possible.
Some experts are saying this will be the greatest diplomatic action since the end of the Cold War.
Maybe sanctions against North Korea have worked.
Since 2006, the time of NoKo’s first nuclear test, the fifteen-member UN Security Council has passed nine rounds of sanctions against North Korea.
Those sanctions are (source Wikipedia):
Resolution 1718 in 2006 demanded that North Korea cease nuclear testing and prohibited the export to North Korea of some military supplies and luxury goods. The UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea was established, supported by the Panel of Experts.
Resolution 1874, passed after the second nuclear test in 2009, broadened the arms embargo. Member states were encouraged to inspect ships and destroy any cargo suspected being related to the nuclear weapons program.
Resolution 2087, passed in January 2013 after a satellite launch, strengthened previous sanctions by clarifying a state’s right to seize and destroy cargo suspected of heading to or from North Korea for purposes of military research and development.
Resolution 2094 was passed in March 2013 after the third nuclear test. It imposed sanctions on money transfers and aimed to shut North Korea out of the international financial system.
Resolution 2270, passed in March 2016 after the fourth nuclear test, further strengthened sanctions.It banned the export of gold, vanadium, titanium, and rare earth metals. The export of coal and iron were also banned, with an exemption for transactions that were purely for “livelihood purposes”.
Resolution 2321, passed in November 2016, capped North Korea’s coal exports and banned exports of copper, nickel, zinc, and silver. In February 2017, a UN panel said that 116 of 193 member states had not yet submitted a report on their implementation of these sanctions, though China had. Also in February 2017, China announced it would ban all imports of coal for the rest of the year.
Resolution 2371, passed in August 2017, banned all exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood. The resolution also imposed new restrictions on North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank and prohibited any increase in the number of North Koreans working in foreign countries.
Resolution 2375, passed on 11 September 2017, limited North Korean crude oil and refined petroleum product imports, banned joint ventures, textile exports, natural gas condensate and liquid imports, and banned North Korean nationals from working abroad in other countries.
Reading the sanctions you can easily see how the escaleted from stopping nuclear development to shutting down the countries economy by banning economic avenues. One has to imagine that North Korea has been very cold, and hungry since the war between President Trump and “Rocket Man” exploded.
What we know about the meeting with Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Donald Trump to meet and to agree to denuclearise, refraining from future testing. Furthermore, North Korea is alleging they will stop all nuclear and missile test.
The South Korean delegation hand-delivered a letter from Kim to the President. Senior US officials reveal that in that letter Kim has invited the US President to Pyongyang.
“Today I had the honour to invite Donald Trump and his national security team to Pyongyang,” Chung Eui-young says
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Seoul saying North Korea is offering to talk with the United States on denuclearization and normalizing ties, a potential diplomatic opening after a year of escalating tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile tests.
The Rocket Man vs. The Dotard
Wordsmithing between Un and Trump have reached nearly comical levels, adding new levels of intrigue to the meeting. Senior vice president of Park Strategies Sean King, an expert on Asian politics, told news.com.au Kim’s offer to freeze without asking us to suspend our military exercises was a major win.
“Trump’s accepted Kim’s invitation. I’m fine with that, so long as South Korea’s in the lead which it is,” he said. “Just don’t overlook Japan which has been our most steadfast regional ally and is in North Korea’s immediate line of nuclear fire.”
Mr. King further says the US lost nothing by Mr. Trump agreeing to meet Kim.
“I still don’t think there’s any real deal to be made, though, as eventual regime change is the only practical way out,” he said.
“But I don’t want to diminish what’s happened, as we just witnessed history. Enjoy the moment.”
This President is actually Pulitzer Prize worthy
In his remarks made from the White House, delegation leader Chung Eui-yong says Mr. Trump had agreed to meet Kim in May.
The South Korean delegation representative saying that “…his leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity has brought us to this juncture.” He further expressed the appreciation of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.