Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that America’s bold step to begin a direct dialogue with Pyongyang has opened the door to the reunification of North and South Korea and paved the way for a more peaceful world in the 21st century.
Meeting online with former and current heads of state, Mr. Trump called for unity and renewed cooperation worldwide and for permanent denuclearization North Korea ,, which has been a longstanding goal of the U.S. as well as its regional friend and ally, South Korea ..
” I truly believe that the people of North Korea have an extraordinary future — and I have faith they will make that reality a wonderful reality if they follow the path of de-nuclearization,” Mr. Trump stated at the digital “Rally of Hope”.
” Until then, America will remain the unstoppable force for peace on Korea’s peninsula. We have seen in other parts the world that weakness invites violence and chaos .”
” The real task for those of us praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula is to ensure our nations are strong in spirit and great in power. Every nation must have the will to defend its citizens and its allies and leave a better future for its children,” Mr. Trump stated. These are the values and forces that incite change and move countries and ultimately lead to peace .”
The rally, organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the seventh such event since August 2020, drew participants from across the globe, all united in the fight against oppression, poverty and racial discrimination. The event on Saturday evening was part of UPF’s “Think Tank Rally of Hope”, which brought together prominent figures from all walks of society to discuss all aspects of unification of North Korea South Korea organizers.
Inside Mr. Trump ,, other speakers at Saturday’s event were: Hun Sen (prime minister of Cambodia); Jose Manuel Barroso (ex-president of the European Commission); Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (ex-president of The Philippines); H.D. Deve Gowda was a former Indian prime minister, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmon was a former president of Trinidad and Tobago, Natasa Miic, a former Serbian president, and many others.
Beyond reunification between North and South Korea , speakers also addressed key regional problems, including Chinese aggression towards Taiwan and the Chinese Communst Party’s broader effort in the Pacific region to exert influence.
Former Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, he called on Japan, the U.S. South Korea , and other stakeholders, to unite and confront that challenge head-on.
” The need to strengthen solidarity between countries who share the values and freedoms of democracy and such as Japan, the United States and Taiwan is greater than ever,” he stated.
” We will need passionate leaders to build solidarity among countries that share freedom and democracy, keep peace and stability at the Taiwan Strait and ensure peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. He said that the Rallies of Hope would give us strength. “Of this I am sure .”
Afghanistan’s militant Taliban seized the country following the withdrawal of all U.S. forces. Some world leaders called for international cooperation, but also for an understanding by local leaders that solutions are often best offered to them.
“A country cannot force its political systems and values on another country. These fundamentals must be developed in each country based on the country’s political, economic and cultural contexts,” stated Hun Sen, prime Minister of Cambodia.
‘Kept the promise’
In her remarks Saturday, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founder of UPF, stated that today’s generation is set to witness history being made on the Korean peninsula.
” In human society, you have been chosen by heaven in regard to the heavenly unification of Korea and the attainment of world peace,” she stated. There is a deep meaning. You must understand that heaven works with you.
Mrs. Moon, leader of the Unification Church and her husband, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and her husband, Rev.
Reuniting Korea was a key pillar in the Unification movement. It grew out of the Unification Church, Rev. Moon founded in 1954. Mrs. Moon has led the movement since a few years before the 2012 death of Rev. Moon’s ministry evolved from a small, troubled church in South Korea to a global spiritual organization and an associated commercial empire that includes real estate, manufacturing, and agricultural operations.
During Mr. Trump ”s tenure in office, the goal of changing the Korean peninsula’s dynamic seemed closer than ever.
While past presidents have pursued policies of isolation toward Pyongyang, Mr. Trump met face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their first meeting in Singapore in 2018 sparked the hope that the two nations could strike a long-awaited denuclearization deal, which proponents say would be a key step in the broader push toward reunification.
Mr. Trump held a second meeting with Mr. Kim in Vietnam, and in 2019 the two men met at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea. The Trump administration pushed for a deal in which Pyongyang would have agreed to permanent and verifiable abandonment of its nuclear-weapons program in exchange for relief from crushing economic sanctions and millions of dollars of outside investment from around the world.
Although such a deal didn’t materialize, Mr. Trump stated that it was clear that the outreach had paid significant dividends. he stated that the North Korean leader had at least temporarily stopped launching nuclear-weapons missiles and testing other major weapons.
“It was clear at our second summit in Hanoi North Korea wasn’t yet ready to make an agreement, but I still have hope for the future,” Mr. Trump stated. “To this day Chairman Kim has kept his promise to me in Singapore that there would not be any more long-range missile launches nor nuclear weapons testing… I hope that that continues .”
North Korea carried out a few smaller-scale weapon tests during President Biden’s tenure. The U.S.-North Korean dynamic has remained frosty during the first nine months of the Biden presidency and it’s unclear exactly how the Biden administration will approach Pyongyang over the next several years.