DMZ Meeting On Between Trump and Kim Jong Un

DMZ Meeting On Between Trump and Kim Jong Un

DMZ Meeting On Between Trump and Kim Jong Un

UPDATED BELOW.

President Trump has been hoping to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong during his Asian trip. Now it looks like the two will meet on Sunday in the DMZ, the demilitarized zone, between North and South Korea.

Trump had been hinting on Saturday that he’d like to get together with Kim.

And now the two have arranged to meet in the DMZ.

Moreover, Trump said he would be “very comfortable” stepping over the line into the hermit kingdom.

DMZ

Credit: DMZ, South Korea looking North/gin_e/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0.

Trump announced the Sunday meeting with Kim at a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“I’ll be meeting with Chairman Kim. Just shake hands quickly and say hello.”

Mr. Moon added:

“The U.S. and North Korea will meet at Panmunjom today. In 65 years since there was a declaration of a ceasefire, there will be a handshake for peace at the symbol of separation.”

The meeting appears to be the result of one of Trump’s famous tweets:

So it sounds like it’s a coy meeting à la an “It’s Just Lunch” online date. Moreover, it’s just a photo op with the two leaders shaking hands, nothing more significant. But Mr. Moon seems to be enthusiastic about the upcoming get-together:

“I saw that tweet and it felt like you’ve sent a flower of hope for the Korean Peninsula. If you shake hands with Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Military Demarcation Line, it would be historic, just by the picture of it. Not only for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but also for a permanent peace in the region, it’ll be very meaningful.”

Now it may be just a handshake and nothing more than a “hey, I’m in town — just thought I’d drop by to say hi.” But not only will Trump enter the DMZ, if he actually crosses the border he’ll be the first sitting US president to enter North Korea. And that’s a lot more than Barack Obama ever accomplished, he who bragged about lowering oceans and healing the planet.

What’s more, I wonder if Joe Biden or Kamala Harris could’ve accomplished such a thing.

But as far as Bernie Sanders goes, he could say “been there, done that” when it comes to Communist nations. After all, he spent his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union, and apparently had a great time with his Fellow Travelers.

UPDATE: President Trump met with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ and became the first sitting US President to enter North Korea.

 

Featured image: (stephan)/DMZ, North Korea/flickr/cropped/CC BY-SA 2.0.

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