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It's North Korea's Kim Jong-un, not Trump, who Forced the US to the Negotiating Table

Credit where credit's due

Perhaps the US will have to agree to remove its occupying forces and forward bases from South Korea and to cease its regular hostile "joint-training" exercises of North Korea with South Korean and Japanese militaries. Certainly it would have to agree to ending the state of war with the North, and to a revocation of the original UN Security Council Resolution 84 passed in 1950 that authorized a UN force, commanded by the US, to resist the North's invasion of the South. Such an agreement would free South Korea from its position of a "protectorate" of the US, and perhaps open the way to a gradual re-unification of the two countries into one.

It's hard to predict where all this will go, but with Kim's invitation to Trump for negotiations to end the two countries' multi-generational state of war, and Trump's apparent acceptance of the offer, it's important to be clear about what is happening and why, and not to simply assume that hard-line tactics by the White House and its current occupant are what is driving things.

The lesson that is being learned by countries around the world that have been resisting US dictates is clear: If you have nuclear weapons, you get treated differently than if you don't.

story | by Dr. Radut