- The Washington Times - Friday, April 27, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

North Korea and South Korea put to paper a formal intent to officially end the Korean War. And they did that in a historic sit-down that saw dictator Kim Jong-un actually cross into South Korea — actually cross the infamous DMZ and set foot in enemy land.

And none of that would’ve happened if President Donald Trump hadn’t stood strong against the angry rhetoric of Kim and pressed on for nuclear talks.

Note to hand-wringing, Barack Obama-loving, diplomacy-at-all-costs types: How about a high five for President Trump now?

The least an honest leftist and intellectually truthful anti-Trumping elitist can do now is admit that Trump’s tough talk against Kim — which only came in response to Kim’s tough talk against America — did not bring the world to the brink of World War III, did not result in the utter destruction of the earth as we know it.

What it did was show Kim that this White House wasn’t to be played. What it did was pressure Kim into conceding and making at least a global show of trying for peace with South Korea.

So here we are — and there the two leaders are, recorded for all of history to note in seeming warm embrace at the DMZ.

And here we are, too, as The Associated Press noted: “The Koreas’ historic summit Friday might be remembered as much for the sight of two men from nations with a deep and bitter history of acrimony holding each other’s hands and grinning from ear to ear after Kim walked over the border to greet Moon, and then both briefly stepped together into the North and back to the South.”

The two leaders then vowed to get rid of all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula — albeit, without providing the details.

And chances are, Kim won’t.

Chances are very high that Kim, who’s not to be trusted, won’t honor any deals he forges with Moon, or with America, either.

But the fact Kim appeared at the DMZ, met with Moon and — historical of all historical — stood on South Korean land is monumental in itself.

And it has to be recorded in history as well: Donald Trump had a lot to do with that.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.


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