A thumb drive exchanged hands when South and North Korea met, on it was an ambitious plan for a unified Korea. Sadly, President Donald Trump is trying to undercut the moment with his presence.
North Korea meeting South Korea was the Berlin Wall moment of this generation. However, whether we believe it or not, both disparate parties are continuing to work toward mending fences. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has presented his Northern counterpart with a detailed blueprint for peace.
Strangely, the laurels of this peace sit on the contents of a thumb drive that exchanged hands at the famous meet, as Moon Jae-in crossed the DMZ, armed not with an AK-47, but with a USB thumb drive. A pedestrian office resource that represented the dove of peace. Hopefully, it was a chintzy dove-shaped storage device. Cute.
Nevertheless, today the world discovered what was on that drive. Other than an agreement to end the Korean War (the one that had run since 1953, and through two iterations of M*A*S*H), there was also a push to de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula.
However, packing away the barbed wire and lowering the brick walls does nothing to bridge the two Koreas. To that end, Moon’s thumb drive promised economic cooperation, and a resumption of joint social programs that had been stalled, or shut down, in the past. For an easy contemporary example, look at the unified Korean team at the recent Winter Olympics.
Korean peace looks like it's here to stay, but what did the moment tell us?https://t.co/FhB1Bk9iai
— The Big Smoke (@TheBigSmokeAU) May 8, 2018
The extremely fictional sounding South Korean Unification Ministry said the blueprint also aims to create a single market for the two countries. This will lay the first bricks of unification, job creation, and economic growth. The South Korean publication JoongAng Daily believes that the vague promise of a power plant would indicate that is the carrot South Korea is offering in exchange for denuclearization.
Peace or, at least, the chances of peace, is going to be a pair of new shoes for both countries. They may look odd and they may not fit properly, what they need is time to grow into them. What the world needs to do is to not interfere in these early days. To let both parties discover things that they love about the other, without a third party climbing into bed with them.
Sadly, third party, thy name is Donald Trump. Everyone’s geopolitical problem is set to visit Kim for his own discussion. South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper believes a summit will take place in “mid-June” and also believes that it has gained greater momentum since the storied meeting between North and South.
Ahead of the hotly anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, North Korea has issued a slap down to the US over claims America "masterminded" the peace deal. #9News pic.twitter.com/9GM7A2jPkf
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) May 6, 2018
Good lord. I don’t want to be cruel here, but he’s the realpolitik version of a cigarette after sex. It believes it has value, but it did none of the furious work that preceded it. He’s just there, smugly asking both parties if they liked what he did, and if it was good for them too.
Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
🚨🚨🚨 Trump ‘Gangnam Style’ video celebrates Korean peace talks.
— TitanActual.357 (@SonofLiberty357) May 2, 2018