Inter-Korean Panmunjom Declaration
North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in took an important step toward formally ending the Korean War and normalizing bilateral relations.
It’s a long way from achieving durable peace and stability on the peninsula, but an important step in the right direction.
Neither country wants war or hostile relations – Washington the key impediment to regional peace.
Its endless aggression and rage for dominance threaten all sovereign independent nations – North Korea a US enemy throughout the post-WW II period.
Kim and Moon signed a landmark Panmunjom Declaration. Its principles are as follows:
Kim and Moon agreed to hold regular meetings and phone conversations on issues vital to both nations.
Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang this fall, Kim likely to visit Seoul. Both leaders intend signing a peace treaty on a date and location to be determined.
Denuclearization is only possible with Chinese and perhaps Russian guarantees for DPRK security.
During the summit with Moon, Kim made no public statements on abandoning his nation’s nuclear program, its most important deterrent against feared US aggression.
It’s a shield for defense, not a sword for offense, perhaps to be suspended with security guarantees from China and perhaps Russia, not likely to be abandoned altogether, leaving the nation vulnerable to US aggression, a longterm threat.
What’s ahead following the Kim/Moon summit depends on Trump and hawkish neocons infesting Washington.
At NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Secretary of State Pompeo warned maximum (US) pressure will continue to be exerted on North Korea.
At the same time, he g(ot) a sense that (Kim Jong-un is) serious about denuclearization from their talks in Pyongyang, adding:
There is a lot of history here where promises have been made, hopes have been raised and then dashed, failing to explain the fault lay in Washington, not Pyongyang.
During his Friday meeting with Angela Merkel at the White House, Trump said â€œ(w)e will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations – not an encouraging remark ahead of a late May or June summit with Kim, if it happens.
Pompeo said if nothing positive comes out of a summit (meaning Kim’s unwillingness to bend to Washington’s will), Trump will walk away, and the pressure will remain, but in the event we reach a resolution, it would be a wonderful thing for the world.
The Kim/Moon summit and Panmunjom Declaration were important steps toward hoped for Â reconciliation and peace on the peninsula – but a long way from achieving these goals.
Earlier hopes were dashed. Washington undermined detente. What’s ahead could be the same thing all over again.
Belligerent US history suggests it, why it’s inconceivable that Pyongyang would agree to anything more than suspending its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, not abandoning them.
They’re the DPRK’s most important deterrents against feared US aggression – leaving the nation vulnerable without them.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”