Published on February 6th, 2019 | by David Jester


Trump Will Meet Kim Jong Un: What Will it Mean for US-DPRK Relations?

President Trump’s campaign for a border wall has been pushed to the back page today as the leader-elect has announced he will meet Kim Jong Un—the North Korean leader he once dubbed “Rocket Man”—for the second time.

“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean peninsula,” Trump said on Tuesday in his State of the Union address.

The two world leaders first met in June of last year, where a blueprint for future discussions was apparently drawn-out. This was followed by a proxy meeting in January, after which South Korea drew up a series of plans stating what they hoped would be achieved from future meetings.

These plans included the closure of several nuclear testing sites and missile sites, and it also hinted at the creation of a US-North Korea liaison office. This would be a building in which the US and North Korea could communicate around the clock. Such a building already exists to facilitate communication between North and South Korea. It is staffed by two dozen people from each side and ostensibly offers them the chance to directly discuss issues 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Whether Trump will shift focus away from his current US-Mexico building project to a US-Korea one remains to be seen, but this could be the first step in finally ending the long running war on the Korean Peninsula and establishing peace in this hostile region.


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