By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
It seemed to be a good start, at least for the cameras that clicked in Singapore on Tuesday as North Korea’s Leader 34-year old Kim Jong-un – a deft politician with an iron resolve to protect the Korean Peninsula from American hegemony – and the 73-year old US President Donald Trump – a quixotic character with a criminal’s penchant for breaking pacts, promises and peace of societies – shook hands with each other, uttered some broken sentences, exchanged smiles and signed documents supposedly defusing the age-old enmity between Pyongyang and Washington.
Do the two really trust each after having traded the choicest expletives over the past year such as "rocket man” and "dotard”, and threatened to ignite a nuclear war?
The coming months, or perhaps years, will answer this question, and who will outsmart the other, although for the moment both the US and North Korea have agreed to tone down tensions.
As observers point out, leaving aside the fanfare and the euphoria over what was viewed as an improbable meeting, the document signed did not mention the previous US aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization”.
It also did not indicate any new commitment from Kim in addition to what he had already pledged to do last April during his historic meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the two Koreas’ unnatural US-imposed separation at the 38th Parallel.
It is interesting to note that in response to Kim’s call for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Trump merely said, without any concrete commitment, that he hopes to withdraw US forces from South Korea, then quickly adding: "that’s not part of the equation right now.”
Plus, the economic sanctions continue to be in place for North Korea with no sign of being lifted.
Kim also did not raise the issue of mutual nuclear disarmament, which is essential to durable peace in East Asia and the world, in view of the criminal stockpiling of doomsday weapons by the US that should be also dismantled if there is any fair agreement.
So what was the whole Summit about?
It is obvious to anyone, even with a little knowledge of international developments that Trump has spent his past year-and-a-half as US president ripping up international agreements, knocking international organizations off-balance, imposing new trade penalties on even Washington’s traditional allies, raining down missiles on Syria, and threating the Islamic Republic of Iran with new sanctions following his unmanly exit from the seven-nation international nuclear accord (JCPOA) thereby trying to unsettle the unwritten global diplomatic and economic order.
No doubt his criminal moves, bordering on state terrorism, have drawn roars of approval from the illegal Zionist entity and reactionary Arab regimes, notorious for their treason against fellow Muslims and slavish attitude towards the US. At the same time Trump’s actions have eroded forever whatever little credibility his predecessor had tried to build with Iran. France, Canada, Germany, and other West European countries have also realized the devilish nature of Donald Trump.
In view of these undeniable facts, North Korea should be extra cautious in trusting Trump, because a mere dropping of the guard will provide the US with a golden opportunity to do irreparable harm to Kim and North Korea.