Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize for his Korea efforts: Moon Jae

03 May, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon presides over a Cabinet meeting at the central government complex in Seoul

President Joko Widodo said: "If there is a plan of meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, we offer to be the host".

A day earlier Trump had floated the idea of having the meeting in the demilitarised zone or DMZ.

But what has happened, while encouraging, is not unprecedented.

The only grandson of former Chinese strongman Mao Zedong is rumored to have been among the casualties in a bus accident in North Korea last month that killed 32 Chinese tourists, Radio France International reported on Tuesday citing sources in China. Leaders of the two Koreas met in 2000 and 2007, and agreements addressing nuclear weapons and the economy were made - but never carried out by the North. Kim has conducted six nuclear weapons tests and multiple missile launches, but sanctions are starving his people.

And yet, this moment can be different.

The South Korean President had recently suggested that he be given the Nobel Peace prize. They made real progress on issues including fishing rights, reunions of separated relatives and communications.

In January, Moon said Trump "deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. They want to be the Switzerland of Asia, they want to be seen as a partner that can have good ties with everybody", Gibson said.

Full denuclearization, the main goal, is nearly certainly unachievable at present. Economic aid dried up and isolation of North Korea was complete. Seeing the dialogue from a realpolitik perspective, South Korea is economically stable while North Korea is a de-facto nuclear state.

November 2017 marked the last time the loudspeakers were switched on, when the government blasted news of a North Korean defector who sprinted across the border into South Korea. In this regard, the upcoming US-North Korea talks are significant.

There is also some question as to what North Korea will want in return for giving up its nuclear program and its missile testing. That level of partisanship is foolish.

But she admitted she would not have signed the deal with Iran. But Trump is also listening to intelligence advisers on Korea, which is wise. Both the Koreas need a conducive regional environment to progress.

"The economy (South Korea) expanded by an above-trend 3.1 percent a year ago, bolstered by supportive economic policies and financial conditions, and by the pick-up in global trade".

"China-Japan relations are not only of great significance to both countries, but also to the region and the world", Chinese Prime Minister Li said in January during a Beijing visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, according to Xinhua. "There are skeptical views on whether the meeting today will yield meaningful results".

"However, as we have also previously reported, two unused mountainous areas, accessible via the South and West Portals, appear to remain viable in more pristine rock located approximately 2.5 and 3.5 kilometers from Mt. Mantap's peak".



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