Will Trump help or hinder Korean peace deal?

The North and South Korean leaders have had an historic meeting, and the prospects of an official peace agreement and de-nuclearisation looking promising.

US President Donald Trump has been typically brash and bold in public statements, ahead of a planned meeting with Kim Yong-un next month. Will he help or hinder game changing agreements in Korea? Who knows?

While the situation looks markedly improved remember that Trump played a prominent and provocative role in recent escalations, raising risks substantially. One bad decision could have had horrendous results – Trump threatened to destroy North Korea.

RNZ (ABC): Trump factor could hinder not help Korean deal

The two sides will work towards signing a peace treaty formally ending the Korean war, sixty five years after the armistice was signed.

Both Koreas will work towards the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

The tone and language spoke of, “one nation, one language, one blood”.

“We can make a better future with our hands together,” Kim Jong-un said.

This could be the turning point where North Korea sees a new future beyond just the military – a future where the shattered economy could take precedence over the production and testing of ever greater means of mass murder.

Or it could be more of the same. A shonky regime buying time to further perfect its weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

The never shy Donald Trump has claimed credit for getting the North and South together, citing the pressure exerted by his sanctions, his military, and his strategic genius.

But now it’s his turn to make good his self-described talent as the greatest of dealmakers.

Now Mr Trump and Mr Kim will have to size one another up, test the handshake, rattle and roll the alpha cage and see who comes out on top – and who is the loser.

For Mr Trump the salesman’s view of winners and losers could have dangerous consequences.

Both men need to walk away from their talks due in the next six weeks or so able to claim a victory. Humiliation will not work for either party.

They have both tried reciprocal public humiliation, but the tone has changed somewhat, especially in Korea, as it must if a lasting solution is going to be agreed on.

Mr Trump has already warned he would walk out of the talks if he doesn’t like what he’s hearing – and that’s assuming we even get to a face-to-face meeting of such unlike minds.

As with anything Trump it’s bit of a lottery – and it will mostly depend on the resolve of the Korean leaders, either with Trump’s help or despite his involvement.

Will Mr Trump take an America-first view of these talks or look after the interests of South Korea, Japan and even China – and how will any agreement be enforced?

It may come down to whether Trump approaches it as a win for him, or a win for the world. If the Korean situation is successfully defused, with both North and South Korea benefiting without humiliation, then Trump will get some of the credit. There is a risk he will try to get too much for himself.

It is too soon to talk about Nobel prizes, as some have suggested – and if any are eventually dished out over Korea there would have to be joint credit.

Yes, only time will tell, and Trump’s unpredictability and narcissism means that  anything could happen. He may tone down his public bluster and help do an historic deal. The Koreas, China and Japan will be the biggest beneficiaries, and if Trump earns bragging rights then good on him.

Trump may end up hindering, or helping. or both.

41 Comments

  1. Strong For Life

     /  April 29, 2018

    The South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, credits President Trump for North Korea’s President, Kim Jong-un, for coming to the negotiating table!

    • Gezza

       /  April 29, 2018

      Yep. The intellectual word from the US on Aljaz is that he’s being clever there.

    • cryptoWarrior

       /  April 29, 2018

      Yep, a courageous strong man Nationalist walking back the crazed imperial policies of the DC swamp globalists.

      So beautiful.

      • Gezza

         /  April 29, 2018

        Trump? Beautiful? Are you gay?

        • Gezza

           /  April 29, 2018

          Or a sheila?

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 29, 2018

            Blimey, Gezz, give gays and sheilas some credit for good taste.

        • cryptoWarrior

           /  April 29, 2018

          • Gezza

             /  April 29, 2018

            Thanks. But we already know you’re a fantasist.

            • cryptoWarrior

               /  April 29, 2018

              Its you Globalists who are the fantasists – the destruction of Hillary is a beautiful heart warming illustration of that.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 29, 2018

              What a spiteful thing to say. More people voted for her than for Trump.

              Trump will take all the credit if the North and South Korea thing works and deny all responsibility if it doesn’t.

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              She cheated and lost – outspent Trump 4/1 and lost, she still lyin’ and cryin’ about it and lost. Lost to Obama, lost to Trump – good riddance to the crooked bitch.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              😮 Shocked at your language, Maureen.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 29, 2018

              Shocked at the pointless malice…

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              @ Gezza – no your not, it’s tame and true. 😊

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Not the point. You never see me calling whiny Trump a bitch, do you?

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              @ Gezza .. yes, every day

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Whatever you’re drinking, Maureen, I think you might’ve had one or two more than you probably should have? Possibly? 😳

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              Zilch on the drinking score. My point was that you bag Trump like a member of the snowflake brigade every day – god forbid he may actually do some good. Do you want to see him fail? Do you want Pence in charge? Would you like to see him impeached for the Russian baloney and for Clinton to be vindicated? What’s your wish for the current US presidential term?

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Do you want to see him fail?
              At what? He’s a total success at being a whiny egotitical narcissistic namecalling spoilt overgrown rich kid with the temperament of a four-year old and the tantrums of a two-year old. 👍🏼

              Do you want Pence in charge?
              What could possibly go wrong? At least he keeps his wotsit in his pants & he might even be a stable genius? 😬

              Would you like to see him impeached for the Russian baloney and for Clinton to be vindicated?
              I think it’d be huge fun to see him impeached for his Russian baloney. Vlad would too, I bet. Probably Xi too? 😀

              What’s your wish for the current US presidential term?
              🤔 I’m torn between wanting to see it continue until Twitter falls over & wanting to see it all over as soon as possible, tbh. Still mulling it over. Can I get back to you on this one? 😳

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              There, there Snowflake. It’s not going to happen – keep crying.
              BTW his Twitter feed’s great entertainment – he’s the best troll in town. Trump 2020 – it’s great finally, to see a politician with some balls.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Well, some women I guess do go for bullying rich puerile pussy grabbing Rms dealing bullshit artists, Maureen, but I wouldn’t have thought you’d be one. The others mostly seem to have been gold diggers & high priced ladies of ill repute.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              *arms dealing.
              Sorry, it’s this FiP! Too easy to make typos with this bloody onscreen keyboard & too slow to cancel before posting.

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              Lol, clearly (according to you) I am.
              Who was your preferred president from, say, the last 50 years?
              As an aside, shame on you for levelling the high, priced ladies/gold digger bullshit at me the moment you get out of your depth.
              Personally I’m for the direction Trump is moving in at this time, sick of the feeling of being frog-marched into a borderless country by Europe and fed utter bullshit via the media repeaters. World needs a clean-up.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              I’m not out of my depth, snowflakette. I’m standing outside it looking down into the muddy bucket you’re swimming in. Eisenhower, I think.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Which reminds me, I need to make a start on reviewing & editing all the clips & putting a stream tuna movie together. Catch you later, Maur. Happy Trumpy dreams! 😘

            • MaureenW

               /  April 29, 2018

              Typical snowflake response – is that a lip quivering – toys being thrown out of the cot?
              Hope he gets another term.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              That lip-quivering. You’re looking at your reflection in the screen. Agree about needing to police borders though. I’m an avowed nationalist & history buff. Not a multiculturalist. hHe hasn’t had his first term yet. Anyway it wouldn’t a long one – Pence would probably pardon him after a week in the slammer. Cya 4 now. Happy daze.

    • sorethumb

       /  April 29, 2018

      Yet Trump has proven to be pragmatic, not ideological. His transactional approach could prove the key. Whether genuine or tactical, Moon has constantly praised Trump’s tough stance of maximum pressure as helpful to gaining Kim’s interest in a possible diplomatic solution.

      Moreover, Trump carries no historical baggage, and his decisiveness, even if rooted in impulsiveness, could provide the necessary breakthrough to overcome decades of accumulated inertia. Trump’s ability to reverse himself and deny having done so could be equally advantageous. If a good deal is on the table, nothing the US has done, or that Trump has said in the past, will stop him from seizing the moment. On such slender threads of hope hang nuclear peace.

      • sorethumb

         /  April 29, 2018

        Government s have become machines where you are recruited through testing-hoops (do you celebrate diversity – weeeeee!?), to the point where subversives run the show.

        • cryptoWarrior

           /  April 29, 2018

          + the Corprtocracy HR department apparatchiks instructed to purge white boys job applications and employ incompetent diversity quota GoGrrls and Third World scab labour.

      • PartisanZ

         /  April 29, 2018

        @sorethumb – slightly paraphrased – “If a good deal is on the table, nothing the US has done, or that Trump has said in the past, will stop him from seizing the moment. On such slender threads of Plutocratic Conservative hope hang nuclear peace.”

        Anything but “subversive” …

  2. David

     /  April 29, 2018

    As said above Sth Korea have credited Trump for the progress made thus far and in turn Trump has praised the work of “his very good friend” President Xi.
    Clearly beyond the wit of the idiot prejudiced media to actually cover some facts in what “could” be historic progress and this area of the world could be a lot safer.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 29, 2018

    China is the elephant in the room. Obviously they would like the US out of the Korean peninsular. The solution will be dependent on how the two super-powers adjust their confrontation around Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

    It’s not just about Kim.

    • cryptoWarrior

       /  April 29, 2018

      “Obviously they would like the US out of the Korean peninsular. ”

      And until US empire declines, they will make do with N. Korea as a road block on the peninsula.

      • PartisanZ

         /  April 29, 2018

        “until US empire declines” … I fear we have a LONG wait ahead of us?

    • cryptoWarrior

       /  April 29, 2018

      Well it was the economists who sent us down the gurgler with their crazed technocratic blue prints for a Globalist financial empire ( excepting those courageous dissidents like Steve Keen of course.)

        • PartisanZ

           /  April 29, 2018

          NOEL, that’s a fabulous article … ”

          Only trouble is … It doesn’t debunk Steve Keen!

          “And to one level of accuracy Keen is correct in this observation. There aren’t infinite suppliers so the presence or not of an additional one does change supply and thus prices. However, we don’t actually want to know if our theories are perfect. We actually want to know whether they’re good enough.”

          If that were ‘true’ there wouldn’t be a fucken “theory of perfect competition” would there?

          There’d be a theory of ‘adequate’ competition.