aside Arguments In Favor of President Trump’s Decision To Meet With N Korea’s Leader

There are ample cautious warnings from pundits on both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum, regarding the republican President Donald Trump’s unanticipated acceptance on March 8, 2018 of an invitation by N Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to partake in talks between the two heads of state to discuss ways to de-escalate tensions between the two parties.

Below, the NY Times Editorial Board and former US Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) and president and chief executive of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both argue in favor of the talks …


On March 9, 2018 the Editorial Board of the New York Times penned the following report, “On North Korea, Donald Trump Does the Right Thing, for Once”


“In a case of diplomatic whiplash, President Trump has gone, in a matter of days, from ridiculing North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and threatening to destroy his country, to accepting Mr. Kim’s invitation for a face-to-face summit in two months, the first ever between leaders of the two countries.”

“We have long encouraged Mr. Trump to pursue negotiations to resolve the danger of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, rather than threatening war, and the US should make the most of this opportunity.”

“And this is the rare time in which he is upending Republican politics in a sensible, not disastrous, way. Talking to our global adversaries, rather than playing tough with them, has been anathema to the party for years.”

“Mr. Trump, though, is following in the footsteps of the Republicans’ favorite demon, President Barack Obama, who was criticized for negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran. Like Mr. Obama, the president has decided that such talks can be in the country’s best interests.”

“But the precipitous way in which Mr. Trump agreed to the invitation, and the fact that this mercurial president, ill-informed and ill-prepared on complex national security issues, will be across the table from Mr. Kim is worrisome.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, and President Trump . (Ahn Young-Joon/AP)
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“The proposed summit builds on an agreement, announced earlier this week, for the US and North Korea to hold their first sustained direct talks in many years. After a period of aggressively testing nuclear devices and missiles, Mr. Kim opened the door to talks by promising to discuss ending his nuclear program if America guarantees the North’s security. He agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests during the negotiations and not to object when the United States and South Korea hold military exercises this spring.”

Link to entire report: On North Korea, Donald Trump Does the Right Thing, for Once/ NYT

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On September 30, 2016, Jane Harman and James Person for the Washington Post penned the following commentary,  “The U.S. needs to negotiate with North Korea”


“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. For years we have applied industrial-strength unilateral and multilateral sanctions in an attempt to force North Korea to denuclearize. We have also urged China — North Korea’s neighbor and largest trading partner — to use its unique leverage to halt Kim Jong Un’s provocations, which also threaten China.”

“But neither strategy is working. North Korea continues to make progress in testing ballistic missiles and bombs and possibly even in miniaturizing warheads.”

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“Six months after the implementation of harsh new sanctions under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2270, North Korea remains defiant. While few expected the sanctions to work overnight, the timeline for any results will be even longer than most anticipate. Sanctions are uniquely ineffective against North Korea. Since the Korean War, the country has faced sanctions-like conditions restricting its access to markets, international financial institutions, and advanced goods and technologies. It became extremely adept at living under these conditions.”


    • Dear Tony Burgess,

      I tend to agree with you. This is not the kind of negotiations where the president can simply wing-it. These talks will require a lot of preparation which is not his strength.

      Hugs, Gronda


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