Why US’ Summit with North Korea Won’t be a ‘Walk in the Park’ for Trump Administration?

The US President, Donald Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un scheduled to meet for a second summit later this month in Vietnam. The two leaders will hold talks to end nuclear tensions between their respective countries.

The President after the first meeting with his North Korean counterpart confirmed that the nuclear threat from North Korea was over. However, only eight months down the line the US realized that the reality is far-fetched, and that the issue needs to be addressed.

Therefore, in the run-up to the second summit, Trump would look to assure that the mistakes from his first meeting aren’t repeated. North Korea has one of the world’s largest conventional military forces, combined with missiles and nuclear test, making it a threat to all the countries around the world.

The United States, however, may not be able to completely take charge over Kim’s actions, which it largely wants to. According to the reports, the South Korean government is spoiling the US’ party by unrealistically relaxing the pressure on North Korea. This implies that the US’ plan to completely denuclearize North Korea might have to settle on letting Kim’s regime keep control of the arms.

Even on the Capitol Hill there’s a grave concern on the moves made by the South Korean President, Moon Jae. Moon has reportedly offered economic concessions to Kim, undermining the US’ endeavor to take control of his regime. Earlier this week, the US leverage. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and urged him to keep pressure on Kim and convince Seoul to walk on the same path.

Pompeo, following which, spoke on Thursday and confirmed that his nation is focused to “get as far down the road as we can.” He also assured that he was delegating his team back to Asia in the coming days for the forthcoming negotiations.

“We’ll certainly talk about how we … reduce tension, reduce military risks, take down that risk so we can get peace and security on the peninsula as well,” state secretary said after a conference on the Middle East. “We are aiming to get this as far down the road as we can in what is now a couple of weeks,” he added.

Also, the last time Trump and Kim met in Singapore, the US president announced a trade war with China immediately following the summit. The problems thus multiplied for the US and failed to yield any positive outcome.

As a matter of fact, China has the power to impose maximum amount of pressure on North Korea and denuclearize it. This is following North Korea’s trade with China, which is more than 90% of all the trade the nation does. Thus, Beijing alone has the key to US’ success, but Trump’s relations with China have been stiffened and has seen both sides imposing taxes worth millions on each other’s goods. Though positive progress has been recorded in recent times, what impact will it have on the upcoming summit, still needs to be seen.

The only positive that the US has up its sleeve is the economic reliefs that it can offer to North Korea. The country reportedly needs assistance, and the US has the power to meet its almost every single demand. In his recent speech, Kim emphasized that economic growth is the nation’s top priority, but has earlier made it clear that his nation’s disarmament will not happen without the U.S. making concessions.

The US, however, is only focused on completely denuclearizing North Korea, which is highly unlikely to happen given South Korea and China’s indirect involvement in the matter.

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