Acorn Update: Trump and North Korea

By Ellie Kreidie

On September 17 at 4:53 AM, the world was treated to another tweet by President Trump. The tweet stated, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” With tensions at the highest levels in the history of the conflict, every day presents a weaker alliance of diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea. Though experts have argued for decades that the only way to solve the issue is to join in diplomatic talks, the two leaders of the U.S. and North Korea carry such uncertainty that experts have now said that there is no knowing where this conflict will lead us. With the U.N. General Assembly also meeting this week, it was the hope of countries bordering North Korea to hear diplomacy as the top issue for President Trump. Their hopes were not realized.  

With the repeat of the new moniker given to Kim Jong Un by Trump, in addition to increasingly disastrous language at the U.N. General Assembly this week, the world holds in a collective breath for any reaction from the North Korean regime.

Ryan Straus, (‘21), voiced his own concerns saying,  “Donald Trump’s recent comments at the U.N. and his tweet display either a lack of understanding on the current situation in North Korea or a complete disregard for America’s interest and well being.”

The constant public bickering between these two unpredictable leaders has many experts concerned. As reported by the Washington Post, the new comments from Trump at the U.N. are concerning for experts on the conflict, pointing to the unpredictability of the regime.

Though South Korea has called Trump’s statements towards their neighbors “firm and specific”, the New York Times repeat that all neighboring countries are still concerned with the two leaders. Newly elected President Moon of South Korea has worked hard to get approval from the United States to create nuclear subs in the South Korean region. Asia Times reports that this is the deal South Korea desperately had wanted and the United States has approved following meetings at the U.N. One thing is for certain, this conflict will continue to become more and more complicated before any resolution will be found.

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