It is not as if the United States is at war with North Korea again, but real peace has never been made in the political sense. Particularly since the most recent round of nuclear weapons testing in North Korea, sanctions have been stressed and new ideas for making peace have been brought forth. It seems like the end goal is to disarm the country and restore fruitful economic sanctions.
Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea, or the DPRK), and President Trump met at a conference with each other in Singapore and since, peace negotiations have been moving along at their own pace. The American people expected no less and it is good to know that the wheels have been set in motion. After ominous and frequent nuclear tests in North Korea made headlines, Americans became quite unsettled.
As it turns out, both the DPRK and the U.S. have needed to settle disputes for some time now and it serves both nations to make peace. President Trump calls for the denuclearization of North Korea, but it is unclear as of today if both sides agree to the definition and extent of “denuclearization”.
Negotiations Beginning and Continuing
Though negotiations have begun there is not yet a peace treaty between the United States and North Korea, it is sorely needed. The thing is that a treaty would require the Senate to agree at a level of two thirds of the chamber. What is the likelihood of this happening? It seems to be good given the push from the American people and the intense scrutiny Trump is under at this time.
Denuclearization is the precedent to such a treaty and that means on the part of North Korea, not America. Considering that the United States is the biggest of the superpowers, it leads as the one to propose the terms of the treaty. Talks continue toward an agreement.
Pressure from North Korea
Naturally, the DPRK is pushing for the U.S. to remove economic sanctions. They propose that this should happen expediently since they have frozen nuclear and missile tests per the request of President Trump. North Korea also recently dismantled one of the nuclear sites in the country. They have also offered to repatriate the remains of American soldiers who died in the Korean War.
President Trump, on other hand, is dissatisfied with these efforts and believes it is all moving too slowly. The talks are going slow, according to sources, but the Trump administration regards the nuclear freeze as a good move on the part of North Korea.
What is Ahead?
The meeting in Singapore was just the beginning and the largest point stressed was to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”. It has indeed begun but, since the United States and North Korea have been at war since the year of 1950, the work will take some time. The nuclear threat has also kept sanctions against the country quite heavy over the years, hence their dissatisfaction.
There is a strong possibility that economic trade between the countries could be a boon for both economies and will clearly play a role in the discussions.