Trump’s Leadership: Both Koreas Working to Recover Deal

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The leaders of both Koreas held an impromptu meeting to bring Donald Trump back to the table.

Maybe the strenuous attempts by both Koreas to bring back the planned summit with the President of the United States will come to nothing. But the surprise meeting of Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un shows that Donald Trump was being wise in declining to appear at the summit. He hadn’t “failed.” Rather, he was taking the only path that might bring real success!

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s Moon Meet Amid Uncertainty Over U.S. Summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting at the demilitarized zone Saturday aimed at keeping inter-Korean relations, and a possible summit between Mr. Kim and President Donald Trump, on track.

South Korea’s presidential office announced the two-hour meeting after it had wrapped up, saying the two leaders met on the north side of the demilitarized zone and discussed how to successfully stage a summit between Messrs. Trump and Kim.

The meeting—the fourth in history between leaders of the two Koreas—was the latest dramatic turn in a series of diplomatic maneuvers […].

It followed an April 27 summit between Messrs. Moon and Kim on the south side of the line dividing the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, at which the two men signed a Panmunjom Declaration vowing an end to war and hostilities between the two sides.

It also came days after Mr. Trump abruptly scrapped a planned summit with Mr. Kim in Singapore on June 12—only to say a day later that it might still take place.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Saturday that a team that travels in advance to iron out details for official trips would depart for Singapore on Sunday to prepare should the summit take place.

Photos and video released by the presidential Blue House on Saturday showed Mr. Moon in a bear hug with Mr. Kim, and of the two men wearing broad grins as they shook hands. They met at Unification Pavilion, a building on the north side of the military demarcation line, the South said.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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