President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement today providing certain "security guarantees" in exchange for a commitment to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and facilities.
“I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean peninsula is going to be a very different situation than it has in the past,” Trump said at a signing ceremony on the agreement.
Trump said that he would be inviting Kim to the White House and "We've developed a very special bond."
"I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately," Trump said
"I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately," Trump said."Without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here. So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice."
While the document does not specify details or timeframes, this historic agree has gone well beyond what anyone else has done with North Korea, which has been dangerously at odds with South Korea and the rest of the world since the Korean war in the 1950's.
The isolation of North Korea has caused a great deal of hardship for its people, and rumors of starvation and brutal treatment have abounded. North Korea's estimated GDP, at just under $13 billion is approximately 100 times less than that of its South Korea brothers. From satellite photos comparing the two countries at night, North Korea is a dark spot, while South Korea and the surrounding countries show well lit cities and roads. It is a stark contrast.
Author's note: The talk about a Nobel Prize for Trump is well deserved, unlike the Prize awarded for Obama, who did nothing to compare with this achievement. We don't expect this to be an entirely smooth road, but it does open up one of the last remaining dark spots on the planet.
Author's Postscript: I still think Dennis Rodman deserves a peace of the Nobel Prize.