Head of the Department of International Relations at UGM Fisipol Nur Rachmat Yuliantoro said that the attitude of President of the United States Donald Trump in meeting with North Korea is still difficult to predict.
“For example, when Putin won the presidential election, Trump’s aids reminded him not to congratulate him because he is a dictator, also interfering with the 2016 US elections. But Trump still congratulated him,” Rachmat said when contacted by Antara in Jakarta on Thursday (4/5/2018).
According to Rachmat, President Trump’s “unpredictable” attitude does not only apply in politics or in his domestic policy, but also applies to US foreign policy.
Associated with the planned meeting of the two leaders at the end of May, Rachmat also provides an overview of what will be delivered by President Trump and Kim Jong-Un.
Through the meeting, Kim will show that the talks are part of North Korea’s good faith to the US and the international world.
“However, North Korea will not be reluctant to be pressured to stop its ballistic missile program and its nuclear weapons,” Rachmat said.
While President Trump, he said, would essentially ask North Korea to be more “cautious” with its nuclear development decisions because it will be faced with the threat of military attacks.
“It’s just an estimate to see from their interests in the region, but the point is that it is still ‘unpredictable’,” said Rachmat.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula has seen significant progress following plans for a second summit between Korea and North Korea with the United States, which will take place in late April and the end of May.
This situation is a development after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea in March, where a number of athletes and delegates from North Korea went to the South, responded to by high-ranking officials and cultural representatives from South to North.
Despite being involved in a row of threats and catapulting hostile sentences last year, President Trump welcomes plans for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.