Progress with North Korea Stalls

A meeting with North Korean officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was called off over disagreements regarding the end of the Korean War.

North Korean officials reportedly sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that read, “The U.S. is still not ready to meet [North Korean] expectations in terms of taking a step forward to sign a peace treaty.”

President Trump called off the meeting between the North Koreans and Pompeo after receiving the letter.

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Will There Be a Meeting With North Korea?

North Korean official Kim Yong Chol arrived at the White House Friday to deliver a letter from leader Kim Jong-un to the president of the United States in response to the cancellation of the June 12 summit in Singapore.

On May 24, the U.S. president sent the North Korean leader a letter that called for the cancellation of the planned summit between the two countries which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore.

Friday, former spy leader Kim Yong Chol delivered a response to the U.S. president which reportedly requested that the two countries move forward with the meeting.

In response, the president of the U.S. declared that the meeting is officially back on.

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First Signs of Trouble?

In a surprise decision, North Korea has postponed discussions with South Korea in response to a joint U.S.-South Korea Air Force drill.

The North Koreans warned that the talks scheduled with the U.S. June 12 could also be jeopardized.

Both North and South Korean leaders were scheduled to meet in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two countries to discuss the implementation of the historic Panmunjom Declaration signed last month.

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Nobel Intentions

The current president of the United States was met with chants of “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” at a rally in Washington, Michigan, which he attended in lieu of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Apparently, his supporters were shouting this particular mantra in response to the progress in relations between North and South Korea, but we aren’t quite sure what the president had to do with the Panmunjom Declaration.

What’s more, House Republicans have backed the chants with action and have officially nominated the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He wasn’t present at the meeting, did not coordinate or facilitate the meeting, nor did he nor his administration have any hand in the drafting of the peace declaration.

So why should he get the Nobel?

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68 Years of Tension on the Korean Peninsula

The conflict that has simmered between North and South Korea for more than half a century has finally come to an amicable end as Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in met in the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries to announce a return to peaceful relations.

The two leaders also announced their commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula as well as their intention to negotiate an official peace treaty to replace the armistice of 1953.

“I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation.”  – Kim Jong-un

In the current political atmosphere where policy changes and disruptions in international relations have been happening at a dizzying pace, I think this is a political surprise we can all celebrate.

This was the first inter-Korean dialogue that has occurred in over a decade, and it has produced results that are so positive leaders around the world have been left completely stunned.

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