Amid the wide controversies surrounding the US-North Korea relations and nuclear programs, President Donald Trump along with his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner visited North Korea to meet Kim Jong-un on Sunday. With this visit, Trump has become the first US president to step on the North Korean territory.
Post attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump met with the North Korean leader in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. His earlier plans to visit the Demilitarized Zone during his trip to South Korea in 2017 were cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
While walking towards the North Korean side of the borders, enthusiastic Trump told Kim, ”Stepping across that line was a great honor”. The analysts believed that this meet is bound to reduce tensions, bringing developments in both the nations.
Prior to Trump’s visit, the two summits that took place in Singapore in June 2018 and in Hanoi in February 2019 were also seen as a sign of progress though they were unable to reach a deal. North Korea offered to end its nuclear weapons facilities in exchange of removal of economic sanctions.
The main concern for the meeting was to denuclearize North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs that have threatened other countries for years. By meeting Kim Jong-un, President Trump wants to restart the negotiations to halt the enhancement of nuclear weapons, calling it a ”legendary” day that could lead to progress.
Kim called Trump’s visit to be “determined and courageous”. He believed that his visit would “bring an end to the unpleasant past”. Throughout the meeting, the security personnel continuously guarded the area for safety purposes as the reporters and media jostled for covering the news.
Many, have criticized Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un, saying that the meeting would be of no use unless the deal over dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs becomes a success. South Korean President Moon Jae-in praised Trump’s visit, calling it a “handshake for peace”.
Despite the criticisms, Trump has decided to invite the North Korean leader to Washington, if everything works out in the end. Post meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump headed towards the Osan Air Base and spoke with the US troops and later boarded Air Force One to return home.
Analysts believe that President Trump’s visit has become more of a historical event than an effort to resolve the existing nuclear crisis between both the nations. Despite being aware of North Korea’s way of managing deals, they still hope that a third summit between the two leaders might bring in positive results for the countries involved.