The U.S. President appears committed to diplomacy in dealing with North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump made history on Sunday when he stepped on to North Korean soil from the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas. He is the only American President to have visited North Korea, the isolated, nuclear-armed dictatorship that is historically seen as an enemy in Washington’s policy establishment. The President’s surprise announcement, via Twitter, that he was ready to visit the DMZ to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was typical of Mr. Trump, who enjoys conducting off-the-cuff personal diplomacy. North Korea seized the opportunity, and both leaders met at the DMZ, held talks for nearly an hour and decided to resume parleys that have stalled since the two leaders’ failed summit in Hanoi. Mr. Trump deserves credit for infusing fresh life into nuclear negotiations. His intervention came at a time when North Koreans were growing impatient over lack of progress in the matter of ties. In recent weeks, they had personally attacked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and targeted the South Korean leadership over the sanctions and the logjam in talks. Now that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have met and decided to set up teams on both sides to hold negotiations, the impasse is broken. But key challenges remain.
Mr. Trump appears to be committed to diplomacy in addressing the North Korean issue. Pyongyang, though often cryptic in its responses, has also shown interest in staying engaged with the U.S. Mr. Kim has, in principle, agreed to denuclearise the peninsula, which is the goal of the U.S. as well. But the critical question is when and how it should be done.
Source: The Hindu Editorial
Demilitarised(verb) : ग़ैरफ़ौजीकरण किया हुआ
Meaning: remove all military forces from (an area).
Antonym: armament, militarization
isolated(Adjective) : पृथक
Meaning: far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote.
Synonym: obscure, inaccessible
parleys(Noun) : बातचीत
Meaning: a conference between opposing sides in a dispute, especially a discussion of terms for an armistice.
Synonym: deliberation, colloquy
Antonym: quiet, silence
Stalled(Verb) : ठप
Meaning: stop or cause to stop making progress.
Synonym: obstruct, impede
Antonym: proceed, wend
infusing(Verb) : व्याप्त करना
Meaning: fill; pervade.
Synonym: permeate, suffuse
Antonym: deprive, divest
impasse(Noun) : गतिरोध
Meaning: a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock
Synonym: deadlock, dead end
Antonym: solution, a boon
diplomacy(noun) : कूटनीति
Meaning: the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country’s representatives abroad.
Synonym: statesmanship, statecraft
cryptic(adjective) : गुप्त
Meaning: having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure.