What's behind the "made-for-media moment" of Trump and Kim's meeting?
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What’s behind the “made-for-media moment” of Trump and Kim’s meeting?

Trump and Kim
Trump and Kim

It is an end of mutual hostility,” says South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in when talking about the recent summit of Trump and Kim. The summit was held at the Korean border on Monday, notwithstanding skepticism it appeared as if it was a just made-for-media moment that lacked any element.

However, on Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a Cabinet meeting that the summit in the DMZ meant the two countries announced “an end of hostile relations” and “the start of an era of peace.”

On Sunday, during their third summit at the Korean (DMZ) Demilitarized Zone, Trump and Kim agreed to continue nuclear talks. But neither side has shown they are any closer to settling sticking points that failed their previous summit.

Moon, who briefly conversed with Trump and Kim on a DMZ village before they sat for a two-way meeting, called the Trump-Kim summit as “historic.” He also called the summit the fruits of amazing indignation, saying it was arranged due to Trump’s unprecedented Twitter offer for a meeting and Kim’s bold decision to accept it.

Moon, has requested hard to set up discretion between Trump and Kim to help find a peaceful foundation of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Moon Joe-in met Kim three times last year, and their first and second summits happened at the same DMZ village named Panmunjom.

During their meeting, Trump went across Panmunjom’s military demarcation line into North Korea, becoming the first sitting American president to step foot in the North’s soil since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. About the incident, Trump said, expressed his feelings and said he was proud to step over the borderline and paid gratitude to Kim for showing up for the meeting.

The role of North Korea’s state media came in when they described Kim’s meeting with Trump as an amazing event. The reports expressed that both leaders expressed great satisfaction over the result of their talks. Also, Moon’s government has said,

“It hopes the diplomatic momentum built by the latest Trump-Kim meeting would help strengthen inter-Korean dialogue and engagement that stopped amid an impasse in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.”

The recent Trump-Kim summit may have created a momentum for further diplomacy, including working-level talks aimed at hammering out the terms of a mutually acceptable deal. However, many diplomats say it remains unclear whether the negotiations would successfully inscribe the underlying differences between Washington and Pyongyang that were presented in the second Kim-Trump summit in Vietnam previously in February.

Previously, The Hanoi summit ended without any mutual agreement as the US President Donald Trump abolished North Korea President Kim’s request for significant sanctions aid. In lieu of that, he was ready to dismantle his main nuclear materials-making complex while leaving his then manufactured nuclear bombs and long-range missiles unimpaired.



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