The Trump team has been working very hard to find a way to bring about a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. The evidence was plentiful at the recent summit in Singapore, where things went far-more smoothly than anyone imagined they could have.
So, what is happening behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for peace?
Apparently, the administration has been operating like a salesman trying to convince a possible client to purchase their product. In this case, the “client” is North Korea, and the product is “peace.”
After 70 years of death, spying, intrigue, and brinksmanship… maybe a sales pitch isn’t the worst way to go?
Perhaps, this is the unseen strength of the Trump administration’s penchant for “doing things differently”? While this entire production can still go sideways, and all of the progress we seem to have made can be lost, there is still reason for hope and optimism. The fact is, we haven’t been this close to peace in Korea in over 70 years.
President Trump gave a nod to the most important aspect of his team’s “sales pitch” via Twitter, when he explained that if North Korea were to decide to join the rest of the peace-loving world, the United States would be happy to help bring them up to speed economically.
Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself. I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2018
This one factor is likely playing a massive role in the negotiations because Kim Jong Un is no doubt picturing himself as the man who brought prosperity back to his starving nation. The United States of America is the wealthiest nation in history and just as we’ve built the countries of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Germany into economic powerhouses… the North Korean leader knows we can do the same for his people.
But there’s more than economics involved in this sales pitch. There’s stuff like this video, which the Trump team had made specifically for their North Korean counterparts.
The video is called “A Story of Opportunity” and, as the Daily Caller News Foundation explains, it was produced with Kim Jung Un in mind.
The four-minute video was apparently intended to show Kim that there are two paths: one leads to a bright and prosperous future, and the other leads to poverty and isolation — the latter being a situation with which North Korea is quite familiar.
“History is always evolving, and there comes a time when only a few are called upon to make a difference,” the narrator says, “But the question is — what difference will the few make? The past doesn’t have to be the future. Out of the darkness can come the light, and the light of hope can burn bright.”
“Will this leader choose to advance his country and be part of a new world? Be the hero of his people?” the theatrical video asks, “Will he shake the hand of peace and enjoy prosperity like he has never seen?”
Trump said Kim, the son of a huge film buff, thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. “I think he loved it,” the president said at his post-summit presser. The two leaders signed an agreement at the summit designed to keep diplomacy moving in the right direction. The U.S. side offered certain security assurances and promises to pursue improved relations while the North Korean side committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
If President Trump is successful at brokering peace on the Korean peninsula, one has to wonder if his methods could change the face of diplomacy across the planet? Is Trump the wave of the diplomatic future, or is he the only man who could “do” foreign policy like a CEO in a boardroom?
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