Over the past month, tensions with North Korea have drastically diminished. Especially after North and South Korean leaders met with one another and broke bread over dinner to celebrate the new era. They both declared the end of the truce, the end of the Korean War. Now the latest developments regarding this issue will be a little surprising.
While many people back home, specifically Democrats, would argue that President Trump is a terrible President and that he is a danger to this country, the truth is the opposite. Even the South Korean President said as much when he gave him credit for the recent de-escalation in tensions between North and South Korea. After meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, the South Korean President said the following about President Trump,
“I give President Trump huge credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, and I’d like to thank him for that.”
The Conservative Post reported,
“Moon insisted that it was precisely because of Trump’s willingness to commit the “full power” of American might to facing down North Korea, and his propensity for sharing that commitment on Twitter, that these talks were even possible. Now, that’s something to remember, because Democrats have been claiming for the past year that Trump was nothing but a “warmonger” and that his threatening tweets would only lead to disaster. But, miracle of miracles, the very opposite has happened – Trump’s threatening tweets have brought PEACE to a region that has known only war (at least officially) for the past 50 YEARS.
This comes at the same time that a new United States Ambassador to South Korea has been nominated. Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who currently serves as the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command was officially nominated by the President. He will be the Ambassador just in time for the President of South Korea’s visit to the United States in just a few short weeks.
Fox News reported,
“Harris, who currently resides in Hawaii with his wife, is “a highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical experiences in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said. Over the course of 40 years, Harris has “served in every geographic combatant command region,” it continued, and he has commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Sixth Fleet and VP-46, among others.
Trump’s announcement comes as he prepares to host the South Korean president on Tuesday, marking the third summit for the leaders. The schedule meeting “affirms the enduring strength” of the “alliance and deep friendship between our two countries,” the news release said. Trump and Moon are expected to discuss the upcoming meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, set to be held on June 12 in Singapore. However, that meeting was recently called into question after North Korea threatened to pull out of talks.”
This is really good news. It will be interesting to see how the new ambassador feels about the President’s decision to try and reduce the number of troops in South Korea. Recent reports from high-level officials have indicated that President Trump wants this done ahead of the high profile talks set forth with the South Korean and North Korean leaders.
“A statement released by the office of the South Korean President Friday also refuted suggestions the US was considering a reduction in troop numbers. According to the statement, an official at the US National Security Council told South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong the New York Times report was “not true at all.
Chung had raised the issue Thursday night with Bolton in a phone call, an official familiar with the conversation told CNN. Bolton told Chung it was untrue that Trump is ordering plans to withdraw US troops, according to the official. The official also acknowledged that Trump has publicly expressed frustrations at the cost and size of the US presence in South Korea and noted if the Korean War officially comes to an end, there would have to be some sort of reduction.
The official said the troop withdrawal would not be on the table in talks with Kim, and that Kim has not raised this as a possibility ahead of the summit. When asked about the administration’s current position on removing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, a source close to the White House told CNN Thursday that it is viewed as something that could possibly happen in the future but “not until long after the nukes are verifiably gone.” “That is the position,” the source said.
The source, who is familiar with the administration’s internal discussions, added removing US troops is not something currently being considered as a bargaining chip but as a possibility should there be no need for them down the line. According to the New York Times report, the officials would not say if Trump was seeking options on a partial withdrawal or a full withdrawal, but said the latter was unlikely.
During a South Korean presidential briefing Wednesday, officials linked the presence of US forces in South Korea to wider issues of peace and regional security. “A peace treaty cannot be achieved between South Korea-North Korea or North Korea-United States. A peace treaty signifies an agreement to establish legal and systematic policies for the whole Korean peninsula,” the official said, referencing the pledge made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim to bring a formal end to the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased. “The status of the US forces was brought up from that relevance and I can reiterate South Korean government’s stance: we believe the US forces are needed to take a role of a mediator in the region of tensions and military conflicts in other nations such as Japan and China,” they added.”
Whatever the result may be it is clear that President Trump’s policy with South Korea and North Korea has been working. He was able to achieve what no one else could prior to him in past administrations… the end of the Korean War. If the future is any indication of the past then it looks like negotiations with North Korea will go well when they do sit down in the coming weeks