There is a lot of talk going around that, if the president of the United States, Mr Donald Trump, and the leader of North Korea, Mr Kim Jung Un, should reach a deal for North Korea to denuclearize during their planned meeting, Mr Trump should be given the Nobel Prize for Peace. However, assuming that the meeting even takes place and an agreement is reached, I think that giving Mr Trump such a prestigious prize would be a grave error.
The Americans have been boasting that their policy of leading a worldwide sanctions campaign against North Korea that it claims has crippled the communist nation is the main reason why North Korea is now willing to talk. Of course, there may be some truth to that, but I really don’t think any amount of sanctions could have forced the North Koreans to do anything.
North Korea’s recent announcement that it will destroy one of its main nuclear test facilities and suspend missile testing is seen as evidence that the sanctions are working. However, I have my doubts. That nuclear test site where North Korea tested some of its most recent nuclear weapons was badly damaged by the last hydrogen bomb blast some months ago – in fact, so badly that is has become unusable. Plus, most experts now agree that North Korea does in fact now have the missiles it needs to hit the American mainland.
So, from where I sit, North Korea doesn’t really need to test anymore missiles anyway, nor can it use that nuclear test site anymore – so they really haven’t given up anything.
No one really believes that North Korea will give up the one weapon system that it has to deter an American attack. North Korea was determined to make its people eat dirt to develop these systems. So, why should they give them up now? The point I am making here is that it seems more likely that North Korea is willing to talk now, not from a position of weakness – but strength.
Anyway, even if North Korea does sign on the dotted line to denuclearize, they will no doubt consider that agreement as nothing more than a scrap of paper. They have done so before, why should they change now?
As for Mr Trump, he too has shown a willingness to tear up past agreements. Look what is happening with the one that his predecessor arranged with Iran. Mr Trump has vowed to end it – calling it “the worst deal ever”. Unlike the previous American regime, Mr Trump is more willing to support Israel’s combative policy towards Iran – to the point now that a war between Israel and Iran is more likely, with all of the devastating consequences.
The recent crisis with Russia over Syria was only averted, according to reports, because the Pentagon convinced Mr Trump to scale down those recent air strikes that he ordered against Syria. Had Trump had his way, we probably wouldn’t even be here now.
Plus, Mr Trump recently agreed to send anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine, to help that country fight off Russia’s “little green men”, in a move that has infuriated Moscow. Also, Mr Trump has told China that the South China sea is off limits to Chinese expansionist plans in the area – greatly angering China. His recent banning of Muslims entering to country, simply because they are Muslims and his plan to “protect” American industries are also very telling of this extreme right-wing president.
So, whatever happens between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, I really don’t think that Mr Trump should get any Nobel peace prize.
Michael A. Dingwall