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‘North Korea’: A New and Unexpected Ally?

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With nuclear warfare looming as an ever-present threat, how the United States interacts with other nations is of paramount importance. In recent years, there has been a spotlight on how the Office of the President deals with international diplomacy. From the Obama administration to the Trump administration, polar opposite approaches to foreign affairs have created uncertainty in expectations on the global stage.

Recent news indicated the Trump administration’s approach to the Korean pennisula seemed to be working. For the first time in history, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (incorrectly referred to as North Korea) and The Republic of Korea (also inaccurately known as South Korea) agreed to end the Korean Conflict and denuclearize the peninsula, and the process of scheduling a summit for President Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet was begun. As a show of good faith for the budding relationship, three Americans were returned after being held as prisoners in North Korea. While nothing can be taken for granted, this change in the relationship seemed to be delivering tangible results.

However, like most new relationships, there is some turbulence. After newly appointed National Security Adviser John Bolton suggested that North Korean dispose of all their nuclear weapons, North Korea reverted to original and long-held non-negotiables. North Korea demands to be recognized as a legitimate nuclear powerhouse and is threatening to not attend the summit unless the US alters their position.

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

While the road ahead remains foggy, significant progress regarding the two Koreas continues to hold promise. While North Korea and its nuclear arsenal continue to be a major security issue, the potential of a summit to create agreements holds much promise. With this turn of events, it is possible that an unlikely ally could yet be made.

 

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