Of particular note was the agreement on principle to end the possession or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea and that nation's agreement for a total accounting for all American soldiers and other citizens lost during the Korean War, including the return of any remains identified. In return, Trump merely agreed to work for peace and indicated if Kim wanted to really join the world community, the opportunity for expanded commerce and business growth to get the nation moving forward could be supported. There was no promise of cash and it was made clear that America expected results in a timely fashion that could be verified.
If anyone doubts who holds the upper hand in the process, I suggest you look back through some of the press photos of Kim during the meetings. He was sweating profusely and he clearly knew that Donald Trump means business. Trump is willing to end our involvement in war games exercises with the South and play nice with Kim, but if it becomes apparent that Kim is up to his old tricks and those of his father and his grandfather before him, the process would terminate and the consequences would be grave.
This was a great first step and the President should be congratulated for starting the process and continuing it forward. It's far from a sure thing and it will take hard work by many, but the opportunity is now open to end the actions of a rogue state directed at the rest of the world. It would bring the impoverished nation into a position where it can be a part of the nations of the world with her people able to have a much better quality of life, many of whom are on the edge of starvation.
Sadly, but not unexpected, the media and the Democratic Party, particularly Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, blasted Trump's actions and saying they had demands that are much stronger that must be met. Really, Chuck and Nancy, you want to play hard ball with Korea and put new demands on the table. Aren't you the same people who stood silent when Barack Obama authorized a plane load of cash to be delivered to Tehran in the darkness of night while the Mullahs condemned America and gloated about an agreement on nuclear arms that wasn't ratified or signed? Or how about the work of Clinton with North Korea who gave them billions while they laughed and continued down the nuclear path anyway? Shame on you, you guys couldn't even tie Trump's shoes and deep down inside you know it and, what's more, the majority of the American people know it as well.
Congratulations on your first step and keep the pressure on, Mr. President. And Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, you better get some sleep tonight. It looks like you're going to be traveling a lot on extended flights to Asia in the months ahead. It's all part of Making America Great Again.