The Trump-Kim Summit:The World Watches Anxiously with the Hope of Denuclearization

 

Yesterday at Singapore the most anticipated summit took place between the US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is reported that the North Korean dictator showed some assurance of giving up nuclear weapons.

The Trump-Kim summit; a first-ever such meeting held between these two countries ended with an one paged agreement. For the sake of world peace and disarmament Trump hinted that he would suspend the military exercises with North Korea.

The US president also mentioned these ‘war games’ as ‘provocative’ and said he wants the troops to return to the US soil soon, though he failed to provide a timeline for the same. This encouraged Kim to sign a joint statement agreeing to denuclearization. Though there is much scepticism regarding the vagueness of this statement as it has been done before decades ago.

After four hours of discussion, Trump quoted- “Yesterday’s conflict doesn’t have to be tomorrow’s war”. He also hinted about both the nations working together in the future. The US president also said that he would be inviting the Korean president to the US soon and the latter has already accepted the same.

Though one of the major talking points of the summit was “would Trump consider speaking about the appalling Human Rights records of North Korea”.Trump said he did bring it up during the discussion but did not say what the response from the other side was.

Before signing the joint statement both the leaders had a working lunch and held a bilateral morning meeting at the Capella. The summit was a great breakthrough in the world political scenario, as these two men were not at all fond of each other and occasionally launched threats.

The US President looked confident speaking about how Kim agreed with him in destroying a missile engine testing site. Though there are lots of disbelief in the commitments of Kim, Trump insisted that they would work together to attain peace and both the Governments will soon start working together for the same.

Trump was accompanied by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, his White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. Pompeo played a crucial role in communicating terms between White House and Pyongyang. According to White House, the US president and his staffwere well prepared for this meeting.

The Trump administration focused on mentioning complete and verifiable denuclearization,but experts say it would take the North Koreans years to achieve the same.Though Trump described their agreement as “very comprehensive”, it is not entirely different from what Kim made with the South Korean president, Moon Jae in April.

Also, the statement is quite ambiguous, as it doesn’t specifically mention the terms of denuclearization. Hence, the North Korean interpretation of the same differs a lot from Washington’s view.  Only the withdrawal of US troops at the South and the NorthKorean border is inevitable at this moment.

After the end of this most talked meeting, it is difficult to say which party gained the most. Post talks Trump left for the US from the Singapore PayaLebar Airbase and is expected to make brief stops in Guam and Hawaii.

 

 

My study of the media

 

I’m not too much of an opinionated person, in fact, I’m pretty indecisive, so in this age where everyone has to pick a side about things like politics and race I tend to keep my mouth shut and my thoughts to myself. However, I’ve been seeing more and more comments about the media lately that have me wondering.

What benefits does the media give us both now and in the past? Does this constant stream of information that we are subjected too really do anything to us?

The pros of media: It can provoke a response

With everything from weather events to crises happening both on our shores and around the world, a small video about destruction or an injustice can begin a worldwide response from countless people and bring nations together to show the good in people.

Even smaller crimes such as hate speech, bigotry, and racism can be exposed and the ones responsible can be held accountable for it. Mass media can shine a spotlight on the bad in the world, but it can also be a force for good.

Good moments of human kindness can be shown and broadcast to the world, and the world’s faith in itself can be rekindled. Plus, because of the media, we have all those cute cat videos!

It can spread the beauty of the world

Art, interviews with influential people, and culture can all be accessed worldwide with the tap of a few buttons. I’ve always wanted to see Scotland and thanks to travel shows I can, I can look at the foods of Europe, and I can see the sights that I can’t see just yet all from my TV screen.

Anything and everything about the world can be accessed from a device, from the music and art to the rich lives of the people who live in the places that I want to go.

Cons of the media: It can spread hate

For regimes that wish to consolidate their power over the world, the media is a powerful weapon to control the spread of information and control people’s thoughts. Certain races of people and countries can be turned into enemies, and lies can be backed by those in power and then can be believed in by the people.

News can be biased, and the truth can be twisted, whether that’s for good or ill I can’t say, but it’s certainly a problem these days.

It can become the only source of information

Most people choose to parrot out whatever the news says and take a certain channel or brand as their only source of information. Then they lose the ability to think and make decisions for themselves.

The media, much like all things in life, needs to be taken with a grain of salt and in moderation. It does give us all information, but we need to be able to use that information and form our own conclusions. Media is a tool, not the only source of info we have in the world.