Can Shaking Hands at Border Denuclearize North Korea?

In an unlikely step, President of the United States Donald Trump, became the first sitting US President to step across the line dividing North and South Korea. With commitment to restart the nuclear talks, Trump’s more than ordinary move was seen as a major boost for the US-North Korea relationship.

The US President and the North Korean Leader, Kim-Jong-Un, also posed for handshakes before talking for an hour in the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Trump conveyed Sunday that that the two nations had agreed to designate nuclear negotiating teams, which will shortly begin with work. “We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right,” he said. “We’re on a very good path. This was a terrific day,” he added.

In a prolific sequence of events uncovered Sunday, everything looked beyond perfect when Trump and Kim shook hands. However, the main point of debate- denuclearization of North Korea- remained highly questionable.

Kim also crossed into South Korea alongside Trump and said: “I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.”

Taking nothing away from the fact that Trump wants to move ahead, but how exactly crossing a physical border can help, remains unknown.

Walking some 19 paces together, before posing for photographs, the two-leaders met for the third time in just over a year. The earlier meetups, which fell one way or the other, were also expected to yield something fruitful, yet only marked diplomatic failures for the Trump administration.

Presently, sanctions on North Korea remain in place, Trump said in one of his statements. However, he signaled easing them as a part of the talks.

Loaded with twist of crossing the border line, Trump’s classic way of calling the meetup and crossing the line with Kim, is the only thing the two leaders have done together since the conflict began.

The critics have also called the move as sugarcoated, and an attempt to lure people as the Presidential elections approach. As of now, the US-North Korea relationship has spread smiles, managed handshakes, crossed a physical border, reinstated getting resolved, but not been able to find a way to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

The situation, thus, makes the upcoming meetings uncertain, especially when Kim knows that even if he doesn’t buy all that Trump demands, his South counterpart would be out to rescue him.

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