This week, the impossible and improbably happened when US President Donald Trump and North Korea Dictator Kim Jong-un met in Singapore to talk peace on the Korean Peninsula. Just three short weeks ago, the talks were off, but they happened in what was expected to be the first of many.
The historic meeting ended with the two leaders signing a 4-point peace accord, most of which dealt with establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea.
However, Trump promised that he would end the decades long tradition of carrying out military drills with South Korea. He not only promised to end the war drills, but he committed to withdrawing US troops from South Korea, a move that many already believe was giving up too much.
(Fox News) – President Trump, as part of the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reversed longstanding U.S. policy by calling for an end to military drills on the Korean Peninsula and saying he wants to bring U.S. troops home from the region – the president’s latest convention-defying move on the international stage in less than a week.
“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should,” Trump said after his meeting with Kim. “But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”
He also said he wants to “bring our soldiers back home” from the region, though added this is not “part of the equation right now.” …
Trump should only have agreed to withdraw US troops AFTER US weapons inspectors verified that Kim destroyed not only his facilities used to manufacture nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Then, I would only withdraw them to nearby allies like Japan and the Philippines, where they could be quickly mobilized in the event that Kim launched an attack on South Korea.