The world used to consider him as the ‘most dangerous person’ a few days ago. He terrorised the global community with ‘nuclear’ threats in the recent past. However, everything has changed….. and changed rapidly. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to shut down his country’s nuclear test site by the end of this month.
The South Korean media reported earlier this week that the rocket man also agreed to allow experts and journalists from neighbouring South Korea and the US to visit Pyongyang, as he wanted to make the entire process a transparent one.
The announcement is very significant, as Kim is all set to meet US President Donald Trump in the last week of May or first week of June. For long, the US has been requesting North Korea to stop testing nuclear weapons. After Kim’s historic meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27, the President’s Office in Seoul released a statement, saying that the North Korean leader told his South Korean counterpart: “I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific or at the US.”
Meanwhile, President Moon has praised the US for bringing the Koreas closer, saying that it wasn’t possible for him to sit together with Kim without the US that made a serious attempt to resolve the decades-old crisis. Diplomats opine that the American government, Pentagon and CIA are closely monitoring Pyongyang’s each and every step. Although Kim has promised to shut down the North Korean nuclear test site, the Trump administration is still not sure about his actual game plan.
International relations specialists believe that Kim has softened his stand on the nuclear issue after his visit to China. Perhaps, the top Chinese political leadership has made him realise that North Korea is constantly becoming isolated because of his arrogant attitude. Moreover, harsh international sanctions on North Korea have badly affected its economy. That’s why Kim reportedly told President Moon: “If the US meets often and builds trust with us and promises an end of war and non-aggression, why would we lead a difficult life?”
Experts are of the opinion that Kim is fully prepared for his upcoming meeting with President Trump. Ahead of that crucial meeting, Kim announced that Pyongyang would soon shut down its nuclear test site. So, there is a possibility that he may urge the US president to lift sanctions on North Korea.
The global community (read the US and its Western allies) may hold very negative views of North Korea, but it should give peace a chance and try to resolve the outstanding issues through negotiation.
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