Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Kim Jong Un and President Trump surprised the world and signed a historic document while in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said a joint statement issued after their historic summit in Singapore.

Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start very, very quickly. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold follow-up negotiations at the earliest possible date, the statement said.

It however did not give any details on how denuclearization would be achieved. The document also made no mention of the international sanctions that have crippled North Koreas economy, for pursuing its nuclear weapons program.

Nor was there any reference to finally signing a peace treaty. The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.

OK. Hold up. Why is the media so damn negative?! We are living in a historic era where for the first time a US President has sat down with a powerful dictator that has been threatening war for 50 years and some members of the media are still dismissing this as not detail oriented enough and finding any kind of issues that they can.

Case in Point earlier in the day Fake News CNN was triggered over Dennis Rodman blaming Obama and the Fake News for not taking him and Kim seriously:

Dennis Rodman should get a Nobel Peace Prize!

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of a new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that the mutual confidence-building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Prenisinulsa, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un start the following:

  1. The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two counties for peace and prosperity
  2. The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Personally, now that we have this historic meeting and signing of documents, i'm going to be upset that we will no longer have any great North Korea memes!

After a working Lunch Trump and Un went for a stroll and Trump showed him something inside the Limo!


The Body Language of the leaders was really interesting:

South China Morning Post

A power battle played out between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at Tuesday morning’s highly anticipated meeting, with both leaders trying to be dominant, according to body language experts.

At times Kim seemed the more neutral, and even uncomfortable, while Trump appeared to be the one more at ease and in control.

But cultural differences could account for Kim’s lack of eye contact and smiles, experts said [...]

The entrance
Both leaders arrived without a trace of a smile.

Kim, who has ruled North Korea since 2011, pulled up first, a few minutes before 9am, with a stiff look on his face, carrying a notebook, which US body language expert Patti Wood said was more significant than it may have looked.

“It tells us he is not planning to be off-the-cuff in the meeting,” she said.

“Someone else is not carrying it for him – having other people carry his artefacts is his baseline. It may indicate more concern that he be prepared for the meeting.”

Five minutes later, Trump emerged from his bulletproof car “The Beast”, without a smile and empty-handed.

Wood said a punctual arrival was unusual for the US president, who kept leaders waiting twice at last week’s G7 summit.

“Arriving early typically signifies that the event is important to you,” she said. [...]

The handshake
First, a much-awaited moment in itself.

Trump’s signature power-grip handshake is often followed by a wrenching of the arm, as with French President Emmanuel Macron in May 2017 and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April. Although that was not offered to Kim, he did maintain an alpha demeanour.

“Trump gives an upper-outer-arm pat that is called the politician’s handshake, allowing the person using it to show dominance,” Wood said.

He touched Kim several times on the arm, not to indicate warmth but to “signal power and Trump’s desire to look in control of the meeting”.

US diplomats are trained not to do extra power-touches, because they are a sign of disrespect, she added, but Trump is known to be a rule-breaker in his non-verbal behaviour.

His talking controlled what they would do next, and he physically led the North Korean leader, to show control, Wood said. [...]

Behind the smiles
After a photo session and chat on the sidelines, Kim Jong-un offered his first smile.

In Korean culture, “the smile is more likely to be a mask to cover true emotions and appear neutral and polite” than be a display of happiness, Wood said.

Smiling widely is not always perceived as a positive thing in Korea and in some cases can be viewed as an admission of guilt or foolishness, contrasting with American culture.

Kim’s attitude differed from that in his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March, when his note-taking projected a humble image on his first trip overseas as leader, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, when he seemed relaxed and full of smiles. [...]

Eye to eye
During the handshake and when seated next to each other, Trump appeared to be staring Kim down as the North Korean leader looked away then back at the president haltingly.

While some viewers used Twitter to talk about awkward eye contact, Pease explained that it was a cultural difference rather than a sign of submission. Differing perspectives spoke volumes of the immense culture gap and differences at play between the nations.

In the West, it is disingenuous not to look someone in the eye, whereas in Korean culture it is polite not to make full eye contact with someone who is elder or superior. Kim displayed the same courtesy to South Korea’s Moon when they met in April.

Objectively, this is the greatest political world moment of my life and Trump will go down as a Great American Politician (IF THIS DEAL GOES THROUGH. TECHNICALLY THIS IS A 'NON-BINDING' TREATY).

Another thing to note is that Kim Jong Un is the real hero of this moment. The fact that a young dictator who is in his third generation of power has willingly and deliberately given up his power for the good of his people is commendable. In stark contrast, look at how petty our American politicians are who refuse to step down and give up power no matter how many awful and atrocious things they have done. Events like these is why I love politics so much. The drama that plays out in the real world is much greater, more exciting and exhilarating than anything someone can write in a book!

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