It wasn’t so long ago when the mainstream media fretted intensely over a potential apocalyptic nuclear exchange with North Korea.
But based on recent remarks from President Donald Trump with regard to the upcoming talks with the rogue communist dictatorship, those fears may have been overblown.
According to Independent Journal Review, Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his resort in Mar-a-lago, Florida, last weekend to discuss not only the tenuous North Korea situation, but also other important issues like trade deals and military agreements.
“North Korea is coming along. South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet with North Korea to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that,” Trump told reporters covering Abe’s visit.
“They’ve been very generous that without us, and without me in particular, I guess, they wouldn’t be discussing anything and the Olympics would have been a failure. Instead it was a great success,” the president added in reference to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in which the host’s reclusive neighbors to the North peacefully participated.
“They would have had a real problem, but as you know, North Korea participated in the Olympics and it really made it quite an Olympics, quite a success, that would not have happened,” he added.
“They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war,” Trump said. “People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended. It’s going on right now, and they are discussing an end to the war and, subject to a deal, they would certainly have my blessing and they do have my blessing to discuss that.
“Japan and ourselves are locked and very unified on the subject of North Korea. We will probably be, depending on various meetings and conversations we’ll be having, meetings with Kim Jong Un very soon, probably be taking place in early June or a little before that.”
But the president was quick to add a caveat.
“Assuming things go well,” Trump said. “It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings and we’ll just continue to go on this very strong path we have taken, but we will see what happens.”
The president’s remarks then briefly shifted to trade between the U.S. and Japan as well as the golf Trump and Abe had played and would be playing together in the future.
The anti-Trump media has stoked a fear bordering on paranoia over the past year in regard to a potential nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea — sparked of course by Trump, and not the ruthless dictator who is brutally oppressing his own people and building a forbidden arsenal in spite of international sanctions.
But Trump’s admittedly bellicose rhetoric vowing “fire and fury” if North Korea didn’t behave themselves on the world stage seems to have had a far different result than what was anticipated by the liberal media.
Rather than provoke a deadly conflict with the communist regime, Trump’s rhetoric appears to have convinced Kim Jong Un that this president — unlike those who came before him — was actually serious about backing up his threats with military action.
It would seem as though Kim has believed Trump’s threats are more than mere words and has sought a peaceful path to avoid the toppling of his regime and complete destruction of his nation.
The peaceful path could very well lead to an official end to the Korean War, which has merely been halted by a truce and not a peace treaty for so many decades. It could also end with North Korea denuclearization, an astonishing turn of events that would include the country refraining from further development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles and even the destruction of whatever weapons they’ve managed to produce and stockpile over the years.
The media would have scoffed at such developments only a few months ago. Yet here we are, on the verge of achieving peace on the Korean peninsula for the first time in 68 years.
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