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Kim Jong Un and Trump: A meeting for the books

Graffiti of Kim Jong Un and Trump serves as political commentary.

Graffiti of Kim Jong Un and Trump serves as political commentary.

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Graffiti of Kim Jong Un and Trump serves as political commentary.

Timothy Stolp, Staff Writer

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President Trump recently agreed to sit down with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un sometime in the near future to discuss diplomacy with the largely isolated nation.

The action comes with clear confusion and uncomfortable anticipation from both sides of the ocean. North Korea and the U.S. have been nemeses for decades and this sudden change of heart raises concern. However, according to the New York Post, the decision is meant to move talks toward diplomacy and away from the war of words.

“No American president has ever met with a North Korean leader,” said New York Post reporter Joe Tacopino. “The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government.”

Officials from both countries have expressed their eagerness to convene and discuss denuclearization, positive relations and policies for progress, among a variety of other topics.

Trump celebrated the news via Twitter on Thursday last week.

“Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned,” tweeted Trump.

While LHS students should not feel concern nor complete relief, the move is certainly impactful to younger generations who may deal with repercussions for years to come.

“I think the move is a good one,” said LHS sophomore Jasmyn Rieff. “But what Trump needs to do, based upon North Korea’s willingness for action— or rather inaction— is make more restrictions and requirements that North Korea needs to meet before Trump has a face to face meeting.”

Many across the U.S. are discussing the implications of this meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un and hoping this means better days to come for the two countries.

For more on the North Korean meeting from the New York Post:

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Timothy Stolp, Staff Writer
Timothy Stolp is a first-year staff writer as a sophomore at LHS. You might notice Tim has an affinity for cuffed jeans and flannel. When he’s not stressing out over schoolwork, Tim is participating in oral interp at LHS. He also enjoys binge watching Netflix and crying while listening to music. He is Latin American...
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