Editorial

A Miracle: President Trump and Chairman Kim sign historic agreement

Yatindra Bhatnagar

In an unprecedented development in international affairs and out of the threatening cloud of fierce nuclear war emerged the rays of hope for the future when US President Donald Trump and  Chairman Kim Jong-Un of North Korea, signed a historic agreement on June 12 in Singapore.

Just a couple months back war clouds were looming over America and threatening statements in harsh and blunt words were hurled by the two leaders at each other. No one, in his wildest dream, would see those clouds melt away and the two leaders meet in a friendly atmosphere, soon after. 

The two seemingly bitter enemies not only shook hands, talked alone for 40 minutes (only with their interpreters), later were with their advisors for more than four long hours. After the unprecedented talks they even signed a historic agreement to pave the way for peace and denuclearization in the region. 

Trump and Kim surprised reporters and the world with an unscheduled signing of agreements after the business-like summit meeting. 

That historic meeting hopes to ensure peace and calm, friendship and cooperation ending nearly seven decades of war, friction, uneasy truce and perpetual animosity. 

With flags of both the countries flying side-by-side (an occasion unimagined a few weeks back) the two leaders sat smilingly for the signing ceremony.

News agencies reported:  “We’re both very honored to sign the document. Thank you,” Trump said shortly.

Kim said that the meeting was “historic” and that the two leaders had “left the past behind.”

“The world will see a major change,” he said. “I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen.”

The pair signed documents which vowed to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries with a commitment from North Korea to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Trump holds up a document signed by him and Chairman Kim following a signing ceremony, [Courtesy: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images] 

The historic declaration lists four major points: 

1. The United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

When reporters asked if Kim was prepared to denuclearize, Trump said that they would be “starting that process very quickly.”

“We’ve developed a very special bond,” Trump said, adding that the summit turned out better than anyone could have predicted.

When asked if he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said, “Absolutely, I will.”

The pair reappeared after the signing to shake hands again.

It was a quick, business-like meeting that surprised the world and stunned the naysayers who neither trusted Trump nor thought any good about Kim. Critics of Trump, liberals, Democrats and even the so-called allies of America, would not give credit to Donald Trump to bring about a miracle and achieve something in a few months that eluded others for years and decades.

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island on 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Courtesy: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

President Trump, in a happy mood, spoke briefly to reporters after the handshake, affirming that he would meet with Kim “many times” saying that he had a “great personality” and was “very smart.”

“Good combination,” he added, describing him as “a very worthy, very smart negotiator.”

“We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and our countries,” he said.

When asked what he learned about Kim, Trump replied, “I learned that he’s a very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.”

According to AP: “We had a really fantastic meeting. A lot of progress. Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good. We’re going right now for a signing,” Trump told reporters as the pair walked by the press.  

Both leaders paused and spoke briefly before going separate ways at the doorway of the hotel. 

Trump also showed Kim the interior of his presidential limousine “The Beast” as they walked together outside the hotel. 

Hopefully, soon, Kim Jong-Un will have the opportunity to see the interior of The White House when he would visit the US, as Trump had indicated firmly. 

That also would be an unprecedented occasion and another achievement for Donald Trump – the man who has been criticized, opposed, denounced and derided, insulted and ridiculed by the Democrat losers and their supporters in the major mainstream media, and Congress. 

Hope those elements would now, at least, lick their wounds, revise their thinking, and change their views – for the good of the country and the world. Because Trumps will come and Trumps will go but the United States of America will survive and has the strength to remain great. 

But, maybe, this is too much to expect from that crowd that will be happy to see the country and the world in turmoil if they can destroy Trump. They have been trying to do that ever since Trump announced his candidacy, and more vigorously after he won.   

Sorry folks, that doesn’t seem to happen, not tomorrow, not the day after, and anytime soon.

 

8/23/18