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North Korea and US Agree To Resume Nuclear Talks

• North Korea, on Tuesday, said it would restart working-level talks with the US. The plan is to hold a preliminary meeting on Friday and an official-level talk on Saturday. There is no information where the negotiations would take place.
• The two sides haven’t been on the table after the talks over the denuclearization process failed at a February summit in Vietnam.
• In an unplanned meeting in June, President Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to resume working-level talks. However, annoyed by the US public sentiments and a joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington, North Korea carried several weapons tests.
• Even today, just hours after announcing the plans to resume talks with the US, North Korea fired atleast one ballistic missile into the waters near Japan.
• A couple of weeks back, North Korea named Myong Gil as its chief negotiator. Gil is a veteran diplomat with extensive U.S. experience. North Korea also praised the removal of John Bolton as national security adviser, calling him a “nasty troublemaker.”

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Left Analysis

Trump's wish to make Ukraine disappear 

by Lisa N - October 03

Recently replaced Bolton has something to say about the resumed nuclear talks with NK. He has said it loud and clear. NK is playing us like a fiddle. Well, to be more exact: NK is playing Trump like a fiddle. Maybe Trump knows this, but hey—this meeting is a win-win for both of them. It may throw a signal to US constituents that—Look! We are doing something. And I suppose that is the takeaway Kim’s constituents will share as well. Amid the Ukraine scandal it’s hard to regard this announcement as even remotely serious or groundbreaking. Kim launched a missile shortly after the announcement of “talks.” That speaks volumes. He doesn’t care. He’s not giving up nuclear weapons. How could that possibly serve him?

Kim knows this fragile time for Trump is perfect for making demands. He’s desperate—Trump, that is. NK can get whatever they want from Trump, in exchange for a mere promise. The danger here is not so much the nuclear weapons (surprise!)—it’s what Trump is willing to stake for a promise that is guaranteed to go unmet. There’s no tact from the Trump administration. They’re trying to appeal to uneducated Americans who don’t understand the history and nature of the NK conflict. This is not likely to change it. This is not a time for talks. Trump has other business to settle, but he’s just running as fast as he can.

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Left Analysis

Flattery = friendship in Trump's world 

by Ted T - October 03

Trump took the mystery and fear of Kim Jong Un and used it as the perfect opportunity to set himself apart from other presidents. Last year he was the first president to meet the North Korean dictator. People were stunned. It was an impressive feat.

Trump has used it as a key talking point at rallies and online. He’s going to tackle the Korea issue, so he says. But what do we make then of this news? Shortly after plans were announced that nuclear talks were going to resume, North Korea fired a ballistic missile! Let’s see, who is setting the terms of the talk then? Seems like it isn’t our own dear leader..

Both Kim and Donald have one thing in common: an absurd amount of ego. Teaming up serves them both. Foreign policy facade for Trump, kick-the-can for Kim.

Why was Trump the first to talk to NK? Well, other presidents understood it was worthless to entertain the petty dictator that means none of what he says and isn’t interested in democracy. He sees Trump’s weakness. His response to flattery. Trump sees a Kim who makes him feel good about himself, and Kim can use that as a leverage. Kim smelled desperation amid the Ukraine situation and dangled a carrot in front of Trump’s nose. Look, Trump! Here you go! Do your thing, make a deal!

Who is the patsy? I suppose our president is.

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Right Analysis

Foreign diplomacy win 

by Louise W - October 03

Trump continues to impress me with his exceptional dedication to improving diplomatic relations with North Korea. Once, NK was “untouchable.” Today, the president has patted the leader’s back, visited his country, and chosen to converse rather than ignore. There’s one crucial element to conflict resolution: communication. The foreign policy consensus that once ruled D.C. has been demolished and replaced by a better, more human tactic: by treating Kim as a person. His actions and willingness to resume talks with a country’s leader who is notably unreliable and potentially dangerous is an amazing favor Trump is doing to our country. We may see, because of these efforts, that a future with a sustainable peace plan and stability could exist. Anyone interested in lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, and a withdrawal of troops, should be happy about this.

Trump has opened a door. The time is right to deal with North Korea. An ignored menace will come to haunt you. That’s not a fable, that’s a tried and true truth of human nature.

It’s better to face threats head on and diffuse before major danger looms in the near future. Thank you, Mr. President!

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Right Analysis

Trump at his best 

by Don M - October 03

Sure there isn’t an official peace treaty, but it sure has been a while since NK has threatened any kind of violence or destruction of American assets. The reason? Trump’s negotiation tactics. He’s sufficiently lured Kim into a diplomatic friendship that is keeping a nuclear attack on our soil at bay.

This plan isn’t single-pillared. Trump’s pressure on China is weakening the reliance of NK on China. Once that completely evaporates, NK will need to look to the US for help, which will open up the perfect foundation for peace negotiations and a true giving up of nuclear weapons. Other administrations ignored NK, didn’t talk to the leader, and didn’t do much of anything. Trump’s hands on approach takes courage, confidence, restraint, and political genius to carry out.

The talks resuming is a sign in the right direction. Amid the attacks from Democrats and “impeachment” threats, Trump is still clear and level headed. He’s doing his job regardless of circumstance, which only a great president would be able to do amid constant attacks trying to dissuade him from doing what he does best: negotiate, close a deal, and improve our country’s future and standing.