Trump, Kim May Declare End to Korean War at Summit

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According to South Korean officials familiar with the situation, they believe that President Trump and Kim Jong Un may issue a joint statement during this week’s summit declaring an end to the Korean War, which began in 1950.

This is something Kim clearly would want out of the summit, and which the South Korean government has also urged. The Trump Administration has expressed some support for the idea, but had previously suggested they were holding out until total denuclearization.

Interest in ending the generations-long Korean War is a major priority for North Korea though, and of all the things that Kim could get out of this summit, that would likely be the most sought after.

Kim has also made clear that his nation’s nuclear arsenal wouldn’t be needed if the war ended and the US is no longer threatening to attack. This would be a cost-free concession from the US to keep North Korea’s denuclearization on track.

Meanwhile North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that he is interested in giving up North Korea’s nuclear weapons because he doesn’t want his children to be burdened with having to deal with them.

Former CIA official Andrew Kim confirmed Kim’s comments in the media, saying he told Pompeo this during a meeting back in April of 2018. He said Kim was very worried about his children having to “carry the nuclear weapon on their back their whole life.”

While Kim has repeatedly said publicly he is willing to get rid of nuclear arms because he doesn’t feel he needs them to secure North Korea, comments on his eye toward the future, and his children’s’ eventual rule, were never mentioned.

That’s noteworthy, because some US officials who would surely have been privy to these comments months ago have continued to express public skepticism about Kim’s willingness to disarm, even though this is a fairly well thought out position that he told the US almost a year ago.

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