The President announced earlier this month that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.
Trump had said, “much work remains to be done”, stressing further that he has a good relationship with Kim. According to him, his good relationship would be a good omen for their meeting in Vietnam in February.
Trump has knowledge of many sectors, including technology; he is a master of words. In his address, he predicted that his meeting with his North Korean counter, Kim Jong-un will have a fantastic outcome as he hopes to talk to Kim about something that no one else has spoken to him about.
No one is sure what the outcome of the meeting will be as no one can tell just how far Trump will go.
Trump has said on several occasions that getting the nuclear weapons out of the Korean peninsula is the main objective. Over the weekend, he has shown a level of satisfaction with the freeze of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing in the region. However, what Kim will do in response is far from certainty.
Trump told a group of governors at the White House on Sunday evening that he is not in a rush and he doesn’t intend to rush anyone either about the nuclear weapons, admitting “as long as there’s no testing, we are happy”.
Could this be a sign of a positive outcome from the planned meeting with the North Korean ruler? If the testing is put on hold, what is Trump willing to offer in return? This is a major concern for observers and experts alike.
There is a speculation; however, that Kim Jong-un and Trump could sign a “political statement” that will bring a 70 year long Korean war to an end. “Such a declaration has been discussed in talks with North Korea for decades, but the US position previously has been that it would acknowledge and end to the Korean War only after North Korea has completely given up its nuclear weapons program,” as per a report.
There’s been argument that declaring war again would put the United States under pressure to recall its 28,000 troops placed on the Korean peninsula. It has been argued that such occurrence will defeat the long term goal of North Korean leadership, according to a report.
A security expert at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program, Jim Walsh said that trump needs to pay careful attention to details of any deal and he must understand the wider regional implications beyond just putting pen to paper in order to win public relations.