U.S. and North Korea When foes became friends

Anybody daring to venture into North Korea cannot miss the glaring display of anti-American sentiment at every nook and corner of the country. This so called propaganda by the regime against American values and ideals is loosely based on myth and does nothing but promote fear among its citizens. The 20 million North Korean residents, genuinely believes in this myth, and regards the U.S to be solely responsible for their hardships and economic distraught. One could only speculate the reactions of the citizens of this closed nation, when its leader Kim Jong-un defied all logic to meet with the American president, Donald Trump in a summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Long before Kim Jong-un took over as the leader of North Korea from his father, Kim Jong-il, the status of the country a rogue nation was well cemented on the global forefront. The country subjugated its own citizens who decided to speak against the regime, with punishments included being imprisoned or deported to labor camps. Citizens who were caught fleeing the nation were shot at the border. The infamous North Korean famine, which lasted from 1994 to 1998, left the country in great economic despair, with reports of half a million farmers starving to death. The citizens of the country have access to only specific information divulged by their ever controlling regime, with news reporting of either the prosperity of the country or how American values are bad for the nation. Cut off from the rest of the world, the terrible atrocities and lies of their government are only exposed when visitors risk their lives to secretly film and smuggle footage from the nation.

North Korea has been developing its nuclear arsenal since a few decades, despite warnings from the UN and other nations. Kim Jong-un has cited reasons to do so as means of defending itself from American attacks. Parading its nuclear might and occasionally testing its weapons on the Japan Sea, North Kores has constantly threatened war against the United States and its allies, specially its neighbor North Korea. In 2016, Barrack Obama put sanctions against the country on trade and commerce, citing North Korea to be a “real threat to democracy”.

Since Donald Trump took the Oval Office in 2016, there has been no shortage of bickering between him and Kim-Jong-un over Twitter, with the U.S. president infamously calling him “Little Rocket Man”. When North Korea continued their military exercises for a prolonged period of time, Trump decided to call an “all-out war” on the rogue nation. Such hatred was suddenly flipped on its head when South Korean prime minister, Lee Nak-yeon informed Trump that Kim was ready for a meet. A few visits of American delegates to North Korea and vice-versa ensued in the following days, while deciding on a bilateral meet in Singapore. Amidst political controversies, the two met on June 18 for talks of disbanding the North Korean nuclear program. The world hold its breath as the two met like old friends, laughed and discussed pertinent issues that could have global implications. After the talk, Donald trump announced that North Korea agreed to abandon its nuclear program if American lifted sanctions of trade and commerce from them and stopped its routine military exercises in the Korean Peninsula.

Potentially declaring war against each other, the Singapore summit saw two old enemies shake hands and develop common diplomacy policy. As eternal enemies turned to mutual friendship, one could only wonder how the future holds in terms of relation between the two countries and North Korea potentially opening up to the world