“Peace and Prosperity”… but what about human rights?

The globally awaited summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un took place last Tuesday.

During the summit, both leaders signed a statement, which states that:

  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

(Source: CNN)

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Shouldn’t one of their main goals also be, having Trump as the leader of the free world, whose work is to reinforce international community, to give basic human rights to North Koreans?

In my opinion, this is an act of selfishness from Donald Trump’s end. In this summit, he did not serve his role as leader of the free world, but only cared about his side of the world. Of course, the U.S.A. should be a priority to him (as he says, “America first”, even though he doesn’t seem to always abide by this statement in the interest of all Americans), but was it that hard to discuss the situation of North Korean citizens? These humans don’t have freedom of speech or else they get killed. These humans don’t have access to the outside world. They have no Wi-Fi, no access to travelling, and their only options on TV are the state station or off. And even the state station is full of fake and plotted news and programmes. These make sure that the people do not know what is going on in the world around them. If I were to live in North Korea, writing this article would have probably got me killed. So why didn’t President Trump speak about this with Chairman Kim Jong Un in front of the reporters and the media?

In a press conference, after the meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump said that he and Kim spoke about the issue “unofficially”, behind the cameras and microphones of the reporters. For the sake of the argument, let’s say they did talk about it. How could one believe that a person, who kills his own people because of his greed for power, is ready to reverse all that in a snap-of-a-finger?

Most importantly, is Kim Jong Un keeping his promises or is history going to repeat itself? They brought ink to paper, but knowing what happened in the past, only time will tell what the future of this world will be.

I personally find it a bit suspicious how “rocket man” and the “dotard” all of a sudden want peace. But who am I to judge?

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Written by: Bradley Cachia

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