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Mixed Signals: The US and North Korea Deal

Mixed Signals: The US and North Korea Deal
The recent Vietnam Summit has caused people to ask questions whether the US and North Korea are willing to push through with their deals
On the 28th of February 2019, the meeting between the United States of America (U.S.A.) President Donald Trump and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un at the Hanoi Summit in Vietnam has been described as a 'failure'. President Trump went into the agreement with a positive attitude stating that a 'force of personality' and his 'close bond' with Kim he believed he had. However everything fell through when during the Summit, DPRK's side showed no chances of wavering in their demands to have the United Nations (UN) sanctions on North Korea to be lifted.

The deal was 'quid pro quo', the North Korea expects the United States to approve and offer the removal of (some of) the sanctions the UN has imposed on the country while North Korea agrees to denuclearise their country through the removal of 'all the nuclear material production facilities in the Yongbyong area', which includes the removal of 'plutonium and uranium'.

However, observers of the summit has stated that the deals and the meeting fell through. A senior US official states that the offer North Korea presented was in a sense 'not enough' in exchange for what they demanded. If North Korea indeed was serious about denuclearization, they should denuclearize more of their facilities and not just their Yongbyong area. While, North Korea's foreign minister stated that the North Korean leader has left the summit in a bitter mood.

It is clear that both sides want their 'demands' or deals to be accepted but each state has showed but willingness to deal but also the unwavering side of exhibiting that they are formidable powers that can cause damage to each other. If North Korea continues to develop their nuclear program, especially their intercontinental missile that can reach Atlanta,USA, then the danger is ever-present.

The USA also has to consider his allies that are neighbors to North Korea, especially South Korea and Japan. Their 'personality-driven diplomacy' that caused their second meeting to fall through has caused international concern. If the USA fails to protect its allies, it might cause the international community to completely disregard the 'Non-Proliferation Treaty' (NPT). Noting that there are already various powerful countries that have set aside a budget for nuclear power development to prepare for a 'new kind' more intense war.

Considering the event is still fresh, the actions of these two (2) states should be monitored along with the nuclear power issues of the world.


Borger, J. (2019). Kim and Trump finally show their hands after Nuclear talks in Hanoi. The Guardian.Retrieved from

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