Korea is an ancient country that has undergone a number of divisions and unifications over the past several thousand years. During World War II, some leaders in Korea hoped for a unified nation, once again, but the growing conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States prevented that from happening.
In 1943, the Cairo Declaration led to the formation of two separate governments, one in the northern part of Korea and one in the southern part. South Korea’s leader was Syngman Rhee, who received the backing of the United States due to his strong opposition to communism, which ruled North Korea.
Russia, however, appointed Kim Il-sung as the premier over North Korea and then a short time later, the Soviet Union announced that they were appointing Kim Il-sung as premier of BOTH North and South Korea. The United Nations opposed the Soviet Union’s appointment and backed the government of Rhee and declared it to be a legal government.
The tension between communist backed North Korea and US backed South Korea continued to escalate until June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. This launched the Korean War which lasted until July 27, 1953. At this time, the border between North and South Korea was established as was the Demilitarized Zone along the border. The Korean War may have officially ended, but there never was a peace treaty signed, so technically, the two nations have continued to be at war for the past 65-years.
South Korea continues to be a free nation, with close diplomatic, economic and trade ties with the United States, Japan and other allies. North Korea has continued to seek the unification of the Korean Peninsula with their communist government ruling.
Kim Il-sung maintained his leadership of North Korea until his death in 1994. When he died, his leadership position was official abolished, but his older son, Kim Jong-Il assumed the position of acting leader of the nation.
In 1997, Kim Jong-Il became the General Secretary of the Worker’s party of Korea, giving him near dictatorial power over the nation. He strived to unify Korea, but like his father, he wanted to rule over the entire unified country and South Korea would have no part of that idea.
Kim Jong-Il died in December 2011 and was immediately replaced by his son, Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s current tyrannical dictator. Like his father and grandfather, Kim Jong-un strongly desires to unify Korea with him in supreme rule over the entire unified nation. This plan has continued to meet strong resistance by South Korea and the United States.
For the past year, Kim Jong-un has mounted a massive program developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles capable of sending those nuclear weapons to anywhere in the United States including Washington DC.
During this time, the United States, the United Nations and many other nations have tried to get Kim Jong-un to sit down for diplomatic talks but he has refused every effort, generally by placing unrealistic demands on South Korea and the United States.
Against the demands of the majority of counties in the world, North Korea continued with the nuclear weapons and missile programs. Towards the end of 2017, North Korea claimed to have accomplished their goal of developing the long-range nuclear missiles.
Only after they reached this goal, suddenly North Korea wants to talk peace, and, through South Korean diplomats who traveled to meet with Kim Jong-un, has even offered to end their nuclear weapons program. This news came with the invitation from Kim Jong-un to sit down with President Donald Trump face to face and talk peace.
While the liberal media is really playing this up, all they are doing is playing into the hand of Kim Jong-un, who some conservatives believe has no intention of peace or disarmament.
Here is why they believe this to be true:
Kim intentionally waited until he had his weapons, which he believes puts him on the table with the ‘big boys’ and having leverage to use in negotiations. However, it is believed that Kim will continue to make unrealistic demands of the United States, knowing that Trump will turn them down. When Trump refuses to accept Kim’s demands for peace and disarmament, he will then turn to the world to say that he tried to negotiate peace but the United States refused to negotiate, putting all of the blame on the US.
This will appease his supporters in North Korea, the communist world and hopefully in the United Nations and many other parts of the world. He will intentionally use his ruse for peace to defame the US and make himself look better in the eyes of the world and his followers and this is why some, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are dubious about the meeting with Trump. In the meantime, Kim keeps his nuclear weapons and missiles, aimed at South Korea, Japan and the United States.