Kim Accepts Trump's Offer to Meet in US and Trump Will Go to North Korea

Mike Mish Shedlock

According to North Korea state media, Trump and Kim Yong Un agree to meet in each other's country.

There is scant US press on this at the moment but several hours ago the Telegraph reported Donald Trump 'accepts Kim Jong-un's invitation to visit North Korea'.

"Kim Jong-un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong-un to visit the US," KCNA reported.

"The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations," the report added, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.

"Kim Jong-un said in order to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realise its denuclearisation, the two countries should commit themselves to refraining from antagonising... each other out of mutual understanding," KCNA reported.

Current and former US defence officials expressed concern at the possibility the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang.

Body Language

There is an interesting video in that link on body language. I played others but that was the best one I could find. It does not embed.

Here is one that is more general, not related to to the visit with Kim.

Tweets

Misguided Pundits

Misguided pundits bitch and moan that North Korea got a "better deal".

For example Vox moans Trump just struck a shockingly weak deal with North Korea.

One person on Twitter (a chickenhawk) called Trump a coward.

My Take

The deal looks even better now than it did this morning

This is what I said 16 hours ago I commend Trump: Trump and Kim Jong Un Sign Agreement.

" I suspect many will think Trump caved in. I think this was Trump's finest moment as president."

I am an equal party basher. I have blasted Trump for weeks on end over his trade policy.

Many people will never be happy with Trump no matter what he does.

Everyone Wins

It doesn't matter who got the better deal as long as both sides win, and both sides did win.

Trump agreeing to go to North Korea and Kim to the US is an amazing achievement.

Let the peace begin.

MIke "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (17)
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Tengen
Tengen

Great, they needed to make concrete plans like this to keep momentum going after the meeting. Kim visiting the US and Trump visiting DPRK is a good idea.

Still checking my overall optimism until this ball keeps rolling, and I still wonder what Bolton, Pompeo, Mattis, Kelly, and the rest are trying to do behind the scenes. There's a reason why any path to peace is astonishing, given modern US history.

Jojo
Jojo

Maybe they will keep Trump in NK, for the good of the civilized world?

pgp
pgp

"Let the peace begin..." Indeed. We should start by disarming NATO then sack some of the idiots driving deep-state policy in the USA.

Stuki
Stuki

Looks like Trump finally found a playmate cut from the same limelight seeking cloth as himself! Rather than the usual “low energy” bores, who insist on putting the audience to sleep, taking more than 5 seconds formulating responses to complex questions involving nuclear Armageddon…

They should agree to do a reality show together. “Nuts with Nukes!” They’d dominate primetime rankings world wide. There’s just no cliffhanger like one of these guys’ fingers hovering over “the button” at the end of every episode….

Sechel
Sechel

The problem is Trump communicates that he doesn't prepare, shoots from the hip, doesn't listen to his experts and is unpredictable, so its hard to respect decisions that come out of a process that appears shambolic and chaotic

Irondoor
Irondoor

Yes, just as the Voters failed to listen to the “experts” when they elected him. What do you think Hillary would be doing right now? Dropping bombs on N Korea, of course. Kim would never trust her after Libya; “We came, we bombed, he died”. Democrats are totally two-faced: “OMG he’s going to start WWIII. Somebody talk them back from the brink!” Of course, as soon as Trump says he’s going to meet Kim, the Dems start saying it’s the worst thing ever, he’ll get taken to the cleaners. Hood-winked. Very dangerous move, etc.

thimk
thimk

shouldn't we extend some credit to the Chinese? just say'n

bradw2k
bradw2k

Kim Jong-un is a dictator (which means: mass murderer), and no President should be shaking hands with a dictator. Having said that, Progressives are showing how pathetic they are here: they criticize the President when he expresses military resolve towards an enemy, and they criticize the President for not magically denuclearizing a country during a 4-hour meeting. If the US isn't weak and failing, they just don't like it.

RonJ
RonJ

Over at Zero hedge, whistle blower Peter Van Buren talked about the 5 myths the media has been peddling about the summit. Just more proof that the MSM is Fake news.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

Congratulations, Mish! You have earned a well-deserved pat on the back for your objectivity. In a world filled with shallow shills for the DNC, you are a thinker.

It seems that many people have never been involved in a real world negotiation -- and don't understand how circuitous the process can be, especially in a high-stakes multi-party negotiation like this one, where South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan all also have skin in the game.

Premitive1
Premitive1

freeing prisoners of war is a huge deal no one seems to mention. if NK executed an american we would call for invasion. i think americans being freed stands as a powerful symbolic gesture and i can imagine some families are very happy today to have their loved ones home after so many decades.

Cocoa
Cocoa

After decades of non-diplomacy with North Korea, Trump(a la Nixon) has decided to try a different tack. Anything, besides bombing NK, is a better idea than paying NK to shut up(Clinton and Obama and Bush.) So, while Nancy Pelosi is playing checkers(inviting the Golden State Warriors to Capital-wow that's amazing!) Trump is actually working on de-escalation. And for all the libtards who think Kim is a murderous dictator-well so what if he is? The US bodycount alone in Libya and Syria is 10x that of NK. And if NK is a brutal regime, we have the US and Japan to blame for that, right? The Democrats are really, really looking sad in all this. Wishing for failure on this level-and maybe ask the South Koreans who have the MOST to lose, what they think about this??

KimL
KimL

Its hard to respect many of the decisions of US presidents of the last 50 years, especially those that were well planned and informed by their experts. So for me, the proof is in the pudding. Let's see how this pudding goes down.

KimL
KimL

What are you meant to do then? Apart from invade all countries deemed to be led by a dictator and kill them and foist democracy upon them which clearly has not worked very well! Also, mas murderer could be more readily applied to any US president since WWII in terms of numbers of people they are responsible for killing and especially in North Korea.

Mumbai Indian
Mumbai Indian

Not so fast. As an Asian I can confirm that what we talk and what we do are totally different. I don't trust even my closest family members here.


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