A huge achievement 20

Splendid pageantry

What did President Trump say to Xi Jinping of China that persuaded Xi to say what to Kim Jong-un of North Korea who said what to Moon Jae-in of South Korea to bring about the reunification of Korea, the denuclearization of North Korea, talks between the US and North Korea … ?

It is a massive change, a huge development – an astonishing achievement. But whose?

We venture to say it is primarily President Donald Trump’s achievement.

From Breitbart:

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed Friday to pursue a permanent peace and the complete denuclearization of the divided peninsula, as they embraced after a historic summit laden with symbolism.

In a day of bonhomie including a highly symbolic handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the two countries, the pair issued a declaration on “the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula”.

Upon signing the document, the two leaders shared a warm embrace, the culmination of a summit filled with smiles and displays of friendship in front of the world’s media.

They also agreed that they would this year seek a permanent end to the Korean War, 65 years after the hostilities ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Moon would visit Pyongyang in “the fall”, the two leaders said, also agreeing to hold “regular meetings and direct telephone conversations”.

The so-called Panmunjom Declaration capped an extraordinary day unthinkable only months ago, as the nuclear-armed North carried out a series of missile launches and its sixth atomic blast.

Kim said he was “filled with emotion” after stepping over the concrete blocks into the South, making him the first North Korean leader to set foot there since the shooting stopped in the Korean War.

At Kim’s impromptu invitation the two men briefly crossed hand-in-hand into the North before walking to the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom for the summit — only the third of its kind since hostilities ceased in 1953.

“I came here determined to send a starting signal at the threshold of a new history,” said Kim.

After the summit, he pledged that the two Koreas will ensure they did not “repeat the unfortunate history in which past inter-Korea agreements … fizzled out after beginning”.

The two previous Korean summits in 2000 and 2007, both of them in Pyongyang, also ended with displays of affection and similar pledges, but the agreements ultimately came to naught.

With the North’s atomic arsenal high on the agenda, South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded that the North’s announced moratorium on nuclear testing and long-range missile launches was “very significant”.

It was the highest-level encounter yet in a whirlwind of nuclear diplomacy, and intended to pave the way for a much-anticipated encounter between Kim and US President Donald Trump. …

The White House said it hoped the summit would “achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula”.

Trump has demanded the North give up its weapons, and Washington is pressing for it to do so in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way.

When Kim visited the North’s key backer Beijing last month in only his first foreign trip as leader, China’s state media cited him as saying that the issue could be resolved, as long as Seoul and Washington take “progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace”.

Our guess is that Xi summoned Kim to give him stern orders, but allowed the visit to seem simply a ceremonial state occasion, with smiling faces and displays of mutual respect. But Kim was given no choice.

Okay, it wasn’t just something President Trump said to Xi Jinping that prompted him to persuade Kim Jong-un to seek glory in promoting peace and reconciliation rather than threatening nuclear war.

President Trump was ably assisted by the laws of physics:

Also from Breitbart:

When North Korea performed its most recent nuclear weapon test on September 3 of last year at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, seismologists outside North Korea detected an “earthquake” that followed the test itself. Concerns were expressed that the earthquake was actually a partial collapse of Mount Mantap, where the Punggye-ri site is located, and that nuclear radiation had been released. Unconfirmed reports later said that tunnel collapses had killed hundreds of North Korean workers. …

Chinese geologists [warned] North Korean nuclear scientists that further nuclear tests at Mount Mantap risked a nuclear catastrophe, if the mountain collapsed in an explosion, releasing large amounts of radiation that could contaminate large regions of North Korea and northeast China for decades to come.

Now, two groups of Chinese researchers – one from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, and the second from the Jilin Earthquake Agency with the China Earthquake Administration in Changchun – have both reached similar conclusions: That Mount Mantap did in fact collapse after North Korea’s last nuclear weapons test on September 3 of last year.

Here’s the summary from China’s Earthquake Administration:

Seismology illuminates physical processes occurring during underground explosions, not all yet fully understood. The thus far strongest North Korean test of 3 September 2017 was followed by a moderate seismic event (mL 4.1) after 8.5 min. … North Korea detonated its strongest underground nuclear test in September 2017. It attracted the public interest worldwide not only due to its significant magnitude (6.3 mb) but also because it was followed 8.5 min later by a weaker event. Was the delayed shock a secondary explosion, an earthquake provoked by the shot, or something else? We answer these questions. … According to our model, the explosion created a cavity and a damaged “chimney” of rocks above it. The aftershock was neither a secondary explosion nor a triggered tectonic earthquake. It occurred due to a process comparable to a “mirror image” of the explosion, that is, a rock collapse, or compaction, for the first time documented in North Korea’s test site.

The USTC study is awaiting publication, but a summary says, “The occurrence of the collapse should deem the underground infrastructure beneath mountain Mantap not be used for any future nuclear tests.”

A Beijing-based analyst points out that another nuclear test at the site would destabilize not only Mount Mantap but also Changbai Mountain, the site of an active volcano at the China-Korea border. …

[So] North Korea promised [China in the first instance, presumably – ed] to end all nuclear and missile tests and shut down Punggye-ri, North Korea’s nuclear test site.

Shutting down the nuclear test site was particularly hailed by the international media that North Korea’s child dictator Kim Jong-un was turning into a nice guy, willing to compromise and all that. Now the laughable news emerges that the nuclear test site is being shut down because another test would risk a nuclear catastrophe, according to Chinese scientists. …

The collapse of Mantap Mountain represents a collapse of a major part of North Korea’s negotiating position.

With the approach of the forthcoming meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Trump has said repeatedly that he was demanding denuclearization – that the North destroy all its nuclear weapons. Kim had the threat of reopening the nuclear test site and performing more tests. But now that threat is gone, and even though the North can do further nuclear development, they can never be sure that their developments will work unless they test them.

And again from Breitbart:

President Donald Trump indicated he believed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was sincere about pushing for peace and announcing his interest in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

“No. I don’t think he’s playing,” Trump said, praising the progress made in the North and South Korea peace process so far. …

Trump said he understood skepticism about Jong-un’s intentions, pointing to the history of American presidents failing to deliver lasting peace in the region.

“Yeah I agree, the United States has been played beautifully like a fiddle, because you’ve had a different kind of a leader,” he said. “We’re not going to be played O.K.? We’re going to hopefully make a deal, if we don’t that’s fine.”

Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping, calling him “extremely helpful to me” on the ongoing negations.

“This isn’t like past administrations – we don’t play games,” Trump said.

And that is why, if the reunification of Korea and the denuclearization of North Korea does come about, it is President Trump who will deserve the world’s gratitude.

 

Update:

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha credits President Trump for the progress being made. “Clearly credit goes to President Trump. He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one,” Kyung-wha said.

  • Stev60

    This praise is somewhat premature, at least in such effusive terms. So far it’s useful progress from the recent past, but there is a long way to go yet before anything solid and lasting is in the bag. Let’s not forget that, even if, so far the signs are good. But we have been in not too dissimilar situations of ‘achievement’ before, that evaporated like the morning mist in the midday sun.

    Much work and patience is needed yet.

    • Jeanne

      Agreed, and nearly everyone does…but let us have our little victories.

    • Don L

      Amazing. You call Jillian a liar several times and just this AM posted an insult to her and yet you keep showing up (having promised to leave) to spew more yadadayadayada. Can’t you find the “see how great I am” – “I need attention” approval on your side of the pond?

      • Stev60

        Get lost, you are the serial liar, and troll. It’s an open forum, and linked to occasionally on another site I comment on regularly.

  • If President Trump can pull a stunt like this in the Middle East as well then I withdraw all previous doubts and qualms.

    • Iran is to face its nemesis in the form of President Trump next. .

    • Don L

      Chauncey, I don’t know enough about you to suggest the following observation fits you … yours is merely the post that triggered the thought. It begins however with:

      Stunt? How about a planned approach. He has been writing and speaking of these issues for decades. He solves problems not motivated by massive (say and behave in any manner or fashion irrespective of right) approval seeking toward elections.

      Trump is not a career politician and fits no indoctrination-based perception of how a leader is supposed to behave and speak. How wonderful. How sad for the conditioned and inculcated braindead who are incapable of “outside-the-box”.

      I loved Trump’s comment during the Merkle press questioning (paraphrased): ” I get a kick out of all those who should have solved the NOKO, in fact created the problem, now telling me how to make the deal. I get a real kick out of that (glances at Angela and shakes his head and utters – “Can you believe it?”).”.

      • That was the wrong phrase to use, you’re right, I’ve edited it.

        • Don L

          Thereby proving my comment DOES NOT fit you! Again your post was merely the vehicle.

    • Stev60

      It needs to be actually achieved in Korea first, and stability for now in the Middle East would be a very good idea to that end. Then there would be good possibilities re Iran for example…

      • Jeanne

        I don’t think all actually has to be fully achieved in NK to be a factor in Iran.

        • Jeanne

          I have been reading about how the Iran deal/no deal will have an impact on how NK responds to Trump, in that reneging on the Iran deal will “show” how Trump cannot be trusted, which means the US breaks its word. I don’t get that from what is happening. Isn’t Trump destroying the deal with Iran and demanding a different accounting, a bad thing for Iran? Shouldn’t the message be to NK to play by the rules set up in any deal or face the consequences? I would appreciate any answer that would not lead to my being called an idiot.

      • Don L

        YadaYadaYadaYada … raspberries!

        • Stev60

          Jesus you are an idiot.

  • liz

    Ha! This is great – no one deserves more credit than Kim – he did it all by himself! “Look at me, everybody – I’ve got the biggest bomb! …Ooops…”

  • Jeanne

    Wow…just wow! Is there a Nobel waiting for Trump? And…how could this be credited to Obama?

  • Don L

    Poor Kim ung gong lim kim ung Un … Rocketman … hoisted on his own petard.

    The idiot propaganda spewing Juan Williams, on FOX network’s Outnumbered Show, is already regurgitating the left’s lines and it is Obama that brought this all about. No mention of how; just not Trump as the hero.

    I wonder if Juan’s father is proud of him. If so, Juan ought grab his father and haead to Cuba, from whence daddy hailed from. They obviously, especially Juan “the commie” Williams, don’t deserve the freedoms this country offers.

    • He’s a ventriloquist’s (the Left’s) dummy. Or better – its dumby.