The North Korean leader said the main focus of the upcoming interview will be the prospect of denuclearization of the peninsula, the goal of the United States. And he did not pose any conditions.
Donald Trump was so impatient on Thursday, March 8, that he came himself very briefly in the White House press room in the middle of the afternoon to inform the journalists present that South Korea was about to make an important statement.
At 7 pm, South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who came to Washington to inform the United States of the content of the talks he had had with the North Korean regime a few days earlier, said then indicated that he had just sent to the President an oral invitation from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to meet him. And that the latter had accepted.
Months of tension punctuated by nuclear and ballistic tests, verbal jousting between Washington and the Pyongyang regime, and unprecedented rounds of sanctions, had just led to an opening unimaginable just a few weeks ago. No incumbent US president has ever met a member of the ruling dynasty in North Korea. The last high-level contact dates back to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit in 2000.
The rapprochement in recent weeks between the two enemy brothers on the Korean peninsula, staged especially during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in February, had however highlighted the willingness of Pyongyang to turn to new towards diplomacy.
Perspective of denuclearization of the peninsula
The message conveyed to Donald Trump could only satisfy him, so much does he respond to American concerns. Kim Jong-un has indeed committed, according to the South Korean envoy, to stop nuclear tests and missile fire by this meeting. A senior White House official said the North Korean leader has also agreed that Washington and Seoul will conduct in the meantime their planned and regularly denounced military maneuvers by Pyongyang.
Above all, Kim Jong-un said according to the South Korean envoy that the main focus of the upcoming interview will be the prospect of denuclearization of the peninsula and not just a freeze on North Korean military programs. This is precisely the goal that the United States and its allies have set for the region.
Donald Trump had judged "Sincere" North Korean leaders earlier this week, following the announcement of an April summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, following the Chung Eui-yong mission. "We'll see what happens," he added, evasive. He greeted on his Twitter account, in the early evening, the "Great progress" who " were realized ", adding that the United States would not lower the guard. "The sanctions remain until an agreement is found", he said.
The senior administration official has put this breakthrough on account of the firmness adopted by Donald Trump since his arrival at the White House. He opposed it to "Mistakes that have been made in the last twenty-seven years of dialogue and failed approaches" by the previous US administrations, all political colors combined.
As it stands, the proposal made by Kim Jong-un, with no conditions, is a success for the President of the United States who sees his strategy fully validated. The latter was largely based on a multilateral effort that contrasts with Donald Trump's only rider, with less success, in many other areas, be it Iranian nuclear, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fight against global warming, or international trade.
By agreeing to meet Kim Jong-un, which he had already envisioned in the past despite the derogatory labels he had put on his Twitter account, Trump showed diplomatic flexibility to any test.
Before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017, as in his State of the Union address in February, the President of the United States had assured that"No regime has oppressed its own citizens more completely or more brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea," even promising his "Total destruction" if it ventured to threaten the United States or its regional allies one day.
The bet accepted by the President of the United States, who judged in August 2017 that his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was wasting his time trying to negotiate with Pyongyang, meets his taste for bold initiatives. According to New York TimesDonald Trump was only to meet with the South Korean envoy the next day. He did not hesitate to shake the agenda and rush the historic announcement, attracting without waiting for international attention.
The place of the interview is not fixed
Thursday night, there was still talk of a meeting and not negotiations in due form. No date has been set, even though the South Korean party mentioned the month of May. The location chosen for the interview was also not stopped.
Genuine talks, if they commit themselves, risk highlighting the American diplomatic deficiencies. Washington does not have any more experienced specialist in the North Korean file since the departure of Joseph Yun from the State Department. The United States does not have an ambassador in South Korea because of the renunciation of the expert, Victor Cha. The latter had been scalded by the warmongering options mentioned in the administration.
Donald Trump, however, made an appointment with a young official who sat power ruthlessly and methodically, and whose country now gives the impression of mastering nuclear tests as well as intercontinental missile fire. Kim Jong-un, finally, was able to take advantage of the coming to power in May, in South Korea, of a president turned to the dialogue and on which he could rely to print his rhythm.