President Trump First EVER US President to Meet with a North Korea Leader

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President Donald Trump is set to become the first ever US president to meet with a North Korea leader after he agreed to a historic meeting with Kim Jong-un

After months of trading insults and threatening to ‘totally destroy’ the country, Trump agreed on Thursday to meet with Kim for a summit to negotiate an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korea leader.

The meeting would be unprecedented during seven decades of animosity between the US and North Korea. The countries remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

‘Great progress being made,’ Trump tweeted after the South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, announced the plans to reporters in a hastily called appearance on a White House driveway.

Trump added that sanctions will remain in place until there’s a deal.

It has been suggested that the upcoming summit is somewhat of a gamble and could be seen as a diplomatic win for North Korea given the country has been after international respect for years.

No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korean leader.

The meeting between North Korea leader, Kim Jong-Un and President Trump, who have exchanged bellicose insults in the past year that have raised fear of war, would be a major turnaround after a year in which North Korea has carried out a battery of tests aimed at developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

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Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, a goal that Pyongyang is on the cusp of reaching.  

Trump’s aides have been wary of North Korea’s diplomatic overtures because of its history of reneging on international commitments and the failure of efforts on disarmament by the administrations of President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Under Clinton in October 2000, then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held talks in Pyongyang with then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korea Kim Jong-Un.

The White House said late on Thursday that Trump’s meeting with Kim would take place ‘at a place and time to be determined.’

North Korea leader ‘Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,’ Trump said in a tweet. ‘Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time.’

It marks a dramatic shift in Trump’s stance toward North Korea.

He has threatened the pariah nation with ‘fire and fury’ if its threats against the U.S. and its allies continued.

He has derided Kim by referring to him as ‘Little Rocket Man.’ Kim has pilloried Trump as ‘senile’ and a ‘dotard.’

After North Korean leader Kim repeated threats against the U.S. in a New Year’s address and mentioned the ‘nuclear button’ on his office desk, Trump responded by tweeting that he has a nuclear button, too, ‘but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korea leader.

According to Zero Hedge,

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un joked about his image in international media while serving South Korean officials local spirits and cold noodles during their unprecedented visit to Pyongyang this week, two South Korean government sources told Reuters.

Kim made light-hearted remarks about how he is viewed outside North Korea in international media and elsewhere, one Blue House official said. The officials who spoke asked to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The North Korea leader was “very aware” of his image, the official said, and reacted to comments made about him in a “relaxed” manner by joking about himself from time to time.

Reuters added that Kim told the visiting delegation Moon could rest easy at night now that Pyongyang had decided not to carry out nuclear or missile tests while talks were ongoing, a Blue House official said.

When the South Korean officials visited, Reuters notes that no hard feelings were displayed and North Korea leader, Kim Jong-Un was the first to tackle sensitive topics, including the resumption of a military exercise between South Korea and the United States that was postponed for a peaceful Winter Olympics, the Blue House official said.

The delegation was served North Korean hotpot the first day and cold noodles – another regional specialty – the next, the Blue House official said.

Kim and the officials shared several bottles of wine, liquor made of ginseng and Pyongyang soju, the official said.

“The bottles kept coming,” said another administrative source who had official knowledge of the meeting.

And at the end of all that, South Korean officials say President Trump and North Korea Leader Kim now plan to meet by the end of May, in what would be the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader.

Reuters reports that analysts fear U.S. President Donald Trump’s understaffed administration may lack the expertise to successfully turn a political spectacle long sought by Pyongyang into a meaningful opportunity to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Only time will tell, but a meeting is a FIRST!

 

Resources: Daily Mail, ZeroHedge

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