Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet in May
By Katelyn Cody
On Thursday March 8, the world got a little bit weirder as the North Korean delegation to the U.S. announced that their supreme leader (are we living in a superhero action movie?), Kim Jong-un, invited U.S. president, Donald Trump, to meet with him in North Korea. It got even crazier when the White House released a press statement later that day stating that the president had accepted the invitation. Now the two super villains of Earth’s very own real life comic book will be meeting, and plotting world domination?
According to the press release from Washington, which we know is a lot more legitimate than a 140-character Tweet, the meeting is set to happen by the end of May and that they are looking forward to the “denuclearization of North Korea.” What makes the White House think the North Korean government will give up its nuclear missiles, when regular American citizens will not even give up their assault weapons?
Assuming that the meeting goes on as planned, the event will join a list of historic beginnings of U.S. relationships with communist countries, including Ronald Reagan’s meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985, President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, and President Obama’s move to restore relations with Cuba. This would also make our only two contacts with North Korea, Donald Trump and Dennis Rodman, which I think says something about the state of the world in itself.
It will be especially unprecedented as the U.S. and North Korea are two countries that have repeatedly threatened nuclear war upon each other, sometimes in the form of 2 am Tweets. Now I see two possible outcomes for this meeting. First: one of them storms out of the room (let’s be honest, probably Trump) and a scary red button is pressed very soon after, plunging the world into chaos. Option two: these grown men act like two kindergarten bullies on the playground who decide to team up to make every other kid’s life a living hell, then two scary red buttons are pushed and the world plunges into chaos. I kid, but I sincerely hope that the outcome of this meeting leads to a little bit more peace in our world. Maybe we won’t be woken up to Tweets about Kim insulting Trump by calling him “old” when Trump would never stoop so low as to call Kim “short and fat.” Doesn’t this sound like kindergarten bullying to you? In another one of the president’s infamous early morning tweets, he referred to Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” which is absolutely offensive to the 1972 classic rock masterpiece that is “Rocket Man (I Think it’s Gonna be a Long, Long Time)” by Sir Elton John.
However, all joking aside, this could really be a signifier of decreased tensions throughout the world with North Korea. This announcement from the White House of Trump accepting an invitation from Kim came very soon after the groundbreaking decision for both North and South Korea to compete together at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang under a unified Korean flag.
We can only hope that something good will come out of this meeting. Perhaps, this will open North Korea up for talks with other nations, ending their long period of isolationism. Maybe even leading to more acceptance of Western ideas and culture, so their country no longer seems like they are using George Orwell’s 1984 as a guidebook. Perhaps, it will in fact lead to the nuclear disarmament of the country, allowing those living in South Korea, Japan, and Hawaii to breathe a sigh of relief.