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Trump crosses the threshold

4 July 2019   |   North Korea, Borders, USA & North Korea
President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
By George Ritinsky.

First US president to cross the border of the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, still formally at war. An historic moment that gives hope.

The Russian magazine rt.com aired two interesting videos of the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. After the failure of the meeting in Vietnam last February, this was an unexpected meeting, apparently improvised: but obviously, it was not. Donald Trump waited for the arrival of Kim Jong-un on the other side of the military demarcation line, in South Korean territory, and waited for the President of North Korea to invite him to enter, as per protocol. And, so it was. Kim told Trump, “You’ll be the first president of the United States to do something like this.” And we know very well that Donald Trump appreciates these world records. After crossing the threshold, they walked among flashes of photos for a short walk in North Korean territory to take historical pictures. This was followed by the press conference, where embarrassment, tension, surprise, satisfaction and the desire to go on and continue to surprise the world clearly shone through their faces.

Both presidents need national and international consensus to move forward in their difficult task. Kim with domestic problems in a country on the brink of famine; and Trump, forced to the ropes in the ring of trade war, with an opponent to fight, China, increasingly strong, which keeps entering into agreements with Russia, India and Brazil, taking away commercial and financial strength from the U.S.. Just one example: payments for commercial transactions (for liquid gas, for example) between Russia and China will henceforth be made in Russian and Chinese currencies, thereby abolishing the US dollar.

Trump arrives from a G20 summit, where virtually the pressure on China and the jewel of the Chinese economy, Huawei (which purchases 70 billion dollars in technological components from the U.S. alone without considering the rest of the world) has eased. The two American and Chinese delegations shall resume work to propose new arrangements to their presidents. Meanwhile, even before the G20, the Chinese began to buy American soybeans, a much sought-after product in China, with great satisfaction from Washington.

In short, “business as usual”: business stronger than before. And the financial world throws a great sigh of relief. After the G20 Trump and Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea and a true untiring hidden peacemaker between the US and North Korea, flew together to Seoul. Moreover: Xi Jinping, the president of China, also hoped for a return to dialogue between the U.S. and Pyongyang at the G20.

On June 30th, the historic meeting took place, prepared some time ago, say international analysts, and only announced via Twitter two days ago, to which Kim Jong-un responded by attending the appointment in the military demilitarized zone.

Emotion, we cannot deny it, in the face of an event that Trump strongly wanted and only he, with his strong personality, could accomplish: beyond any protocol, meeting the enemy on their territory, is not something anyone can do. Formally, Kim Jong-un is still an enemy of the U.S. and vice versa. We must say, “Let’s go again.” Peace be upon you!