When the peace process that is being attempted between the United States, Asia, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un hit a hurdle last week, Democrats who never read “The Art Of The Deal” were lost. They assumed that President Donald Trump had foiled the progress and all was lost. MSN News reports how very mistaken that view is as a “senior North Korean official met U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House to hand him a letter from” N.K.’s despotic ruler.
Kim Yong Chol, an aide to Kim Jong-un, is the highest-ranking North Korean official to meet with the White House since a “senior envoy” met with former President Bill Clinton in 2000. Needless to say, the peace process is not dead, regardless of what MSM claimed.
Chol, in the past, had been “blacklisted” and it is known that he served as a bodyguard to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father. Due to his role in the “military establishment” of the D.P.R.K., he had been banned from the United States. Clearly, barriers to peace are coming down.
The June 12, meeting may be on after all and Donald Trump will surely be demanding a denuclearization pledge from the Hermit Kingdom when and if it does happen. Kim Jong-un is expected to push for all wargaming on Korean coasts to halt in return, a demand that may or may not be honored by the U.S.
The letter is said to be very normal for leaders to send and had no threats or salacious content to convey.
Chol was found to have played a role in the attacks on South Korea in 2010 and was one of the most hated figures in North Korea. He denied that he or the D.P.R.K. had any part in the attack at the time.
Chol was also demoted to a three-star general at one point and even sent to a re-education camp, known havens of abuse.
Where will all of this lead? After all, some have argued that meeting with the most barbaric human rights abusers in human history is like shaking hands with Satan himself. Then again, if talks don’t happen, how will change ever come about?
This means that the deal-making has only just begun. If Mr. Trump can reach a peace agreement that brings the threat down from N.K. and if he can get a few prison doors opened for those being tortured there, he may yet get that Nobel Peace Prize that his followers were chanting for only weeks ago.
The world may get something far more valuable: Peace.