Trump walks away from second Korean summit with no deal


Ben Dembinski, Staff Writer

  On Feb. 26, President Donald Trump Flew out to Hanoi, Vietnam to meet with supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. This isn’t the first time these leaders have meet face-to-face, as they had their first summit back in June of 2018.

  Overall, the first summit was just for the press, nothing really progressed diplomatically. The two countries’ leaders have had talks, and the president sent secretary of state Mike Pompeo to continue with the peace talks while he was away. Pompeo, up to the latest summit, was saying the peace talks were going great and how the world could have a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

  Pompeo said,” They’re headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step towards the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula but a brighter future for the North Korean people.”

  The President followed up in a tweet,”There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

  The fact that North Korea’s nuclear threat could be dissolved was calming to most Americans, and most of the president’s supporters got excited to see what would happen at this latest summit.

 In hindsight, the latest summit was more productive because the leaders actually brought deals to the table, unlike last time, where the meeting was for the press and the appearance of peace, and not for actually getting an armistice through. When the president landed in Hanoi, it seemed he would start to get a treaty signed. Kim Jong-un also seemed to be in the mood for bargaining, which they did in the summits.

  North Korea, including Kim Jong-un, wanted all the sanctions lifted from their country. The sanctions, or economic restrictions on one country to another, were put in place in 2006 and were mostly put on oil, food, and steel. Those restrictions made North Korea go into self-preservation mode. The North Koreans began to produce more goods by themselves, and though this may sound like a good thing, it isn’t. Kim Jong-un was just using the fact he produce stuff on his own to try and get the US to remove their sanctions. With the US keeping their sanctions on North Korea the US became enemy number one, because the US with the The United States has always been an enemy, since the Korean war entered a cease-fire in 1953. As a result, Kim Jong-un took power in 2011 and has made an effort to show his little country’s power with Nuclear tests.

  The US and President Trump, on the other hand, wanted full denuclearization on the country. Ever since the tests started in 2011, the US and her allies have felt threatened. The Nuclear bombs North Korea possesses are about 5000 times stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima back in 1945, according to So, when the president went to the first summit, the American people started to calm a bit.

  Then it came out that it progressed nowhere. Soon with this latest summit, people in both countries hoped for more actual progress.

 Later on Feb. 28, the president came back to the US and stated that no deal had been made. The president was quoted as stating, ”Sometimes you need to walk away.”

  Most of the president’s supporters, and even democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, commended the president for walking away, believing that the president didn’t have to sign anything that wasn’t good for the American people.The fact that the two countries again didn’t make an agreement yet.

  Just recently, on Mar. 4, it came out that North Korea has been renovating a nuclear plant in their country. Kim Jong-un is probably doing this to, again, show his power and to stress that he and President Trump didn’t reach a deal.

  When asked about the summit, economics teacher David Oster said,”When you deal in business you deal from both a  position of negotiation or, depending on what you want, a position of strength.”

  Oster continued,”If you don’t operate from a position of strength you will be perceived as weak, whether that’s real or not, so walking away as he stated was his way of negotiation. Historically, not so much anymore, the United States has always acted from a position of strength.”

  Oster seemed to take the president’s side on the matter of walking away with the statement, “Your dealing with a ruthless dictator who runs the world’s largest concentration camp,so there’s not going to be a lot of sympathy towards him. He’s been threatening us and other nations along with his father ever since they became communist, which is evil.”

  Oster finished with, “I don’t think we should care about our relationship with the North Koreans, what we should care about is that they aren’t gonna nuke us in the next couple weeks.”

  The students had their own opinions on the matter with Sophomore Sam Lucido stating,”I believe it’s good that the leaders are talking, but the benefits will end up being limited.”

  In contrast to Oster,  Lucido said,”the whole walking away part is concerning, because it could lead to a re-nuclear station in the north.”

  Lucido went on to say,”It’s great that we’re talking because up until last May it has been complete radio silence.”

 Overall, this second summit with North Korea and the United States wasn’t progressive at all when it came to putting actual peace plans in place. It was more or less of what happened back in June, except now Kim Jong-un seems to now be going back on some promises.