Opinion: President Trump is responsible for the ongoing progress with North Korea
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump could be on the of verge of some of the largest foreign policy break throughs in decades.
I am talking about getting North Korea to really dismantle its nuclear and missile programs and finally ending the over-67-year-old conflict between North and South Korea. Positive steps have been taken toward those goals, but there’s lots of work to be done.
Last week’s meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in resulted in North Korea generally committing to denuclearization. Kim Jong Un also made other concessions, such as putting North Korea back on the same time zone as South Korea.
While that doesn’t seem like much, it is a friendly act by North Korea towards South Korea and shows unity between the two countries.
North Korea has promised to end its nuclear program before, as far back as 1992, but has never lived up to that promise.
Unfortunately, the United States and our allies have historically taken North Korea at its word and relied on agreements instead of concrete actions.
That will not happen with President Trump leading the effort.
Here is the bottom line: all of the progress on the Korean peninsula is directly because of the pressure put on North Korea by the international community, led by President Trump. North Korea needs for the pressure to end so it can again receive oil and other key goods from its trading partners, mainly China. That let up will not happen until North Korea actually shows that it is giving up or destroying all of its nuclear weapons and technology.