0742 GMT July 19, 2018
North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un has found the way to interact with South Korea. It said that following the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim and the signing of the document, Pyongyang has become committed to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
This comes as considerable uncertainty surrounds the country’s denuclearization process. In the press conference after the summit, Trump said he would soon visit Pyongyang or invite Kim to the White House. The fact that Kim did not attend the press conference after the meeting and did not pay much attention to reporters and their questions during his summit with Trump showed that he is still very much willing to remain reticent and mysterious. The question is whether this meeting and the trend that it has started would lead to the unravelling of the mysteries and secrets about North Korea and turn this country into a normal and ordinary player in the international community.
Commenting on this, Hossein Beheshtipour, an expert on international affairs, told Khabaronline News Agency that the meeting had important lessons.
Firstly, he said, it once again proved that, unlike the past, at present, nuclear weapons fail to act as a deterrent.
“In the 21st century, the world is moving toward the digitalization of international relations. Today, six major global companies comprising Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba Group and Tencent account for close to 70 percent of the content production for the 193 member states of the United Nations and shape public opinion. They have an enormous impact on international relations, with Facebook alone covering two billion people.”
Beheshtipour added that Facebook played an amazing role in molding public opinion in the US during the 2016 presidential elections.
Secondly, he said, to safeguard its own interests, China, North Korea’s most important ally, compromised with the US and voted in favor of the resolution to sanction Pyongyang.
“This came as, for years, Beijing had provided Pyongyang with the possibility of minimizing the impacts of the sanctions. Through a secret agreement between China and the US, the resolution on imposing all-out sanctions against North Korea was approved and Beijing also enforced the embargoes in practice. This eventually compelled Kim to acquiesce to attending a meeting with Trump.”
Thirdly, the expert added, North Korea has found the way to interact with its southern neighbor. “Apparently, Kim can currently use China’s experience of implementing the political principle called ‘one country, two systems’ to bring the present unfavorable status quo in North Korea to an end. Formulated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, the principle proved successful in untying the knot in relations between China and Hong Kong.”