President Trump’s recent meeting in Singapore with the North Korean dictator was historic.
Because no sitting U.S. President has ever met face-to-face with the active Supreme Leader of North Korea.
Let’s cut through the media confusion and hysteria … and see what really happened – and why.
Here are 7 surprising things you should know about the summit … and about how and why it came about:
- The summit could stop a madman from starting a nuclear war with the U.S. and killing millions.
The communist dictator was on a fast track to nuclear war against the U.S…
For the first time, there’s now a good chance for peace.
- Appeasement doesn’t work. Strength does.
Past presidents have caved in to pressure and deceit from North Korea … attempting to appease their dictators and avoid offending them.
Not President Trump…
Liberals severely criticized him and accused him of being irresponsible – and of leading us to the brink of nuclear war:
- when he called Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man”
- when he characterized him as “short and fat”
- when he told the dictator that he’s see “fire and fury” if he carried out any of his threats against the U.S.
- when he warned him that the U.S. would “totally destroy North Korea” if it attacked us or one of our allies
And when North Korea snubbed the U.S. delegation that arrived to work out details regarding the summit, President Trump abruptly canceled the summit.
He’s not about to allow the U.S. to be disrespected by North Korea or any other country.
It took Kim Jong-un by surprise … and brought him back to wanting to meet and negotiate with the president.
- North Korea is one of the harshest countries for oppression and Christian persecution.
Communist dictators must control their people … and part of that control is through injustice, slavery, torture … and death.
North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians” for the last 16 years.
Up to 70,000 Christians are in concentration camps … and more than 75% do not survive. Believers must keep their faith secret even from other family members.
No freedom. No hope. A country in slavery…
However, the number of Christians are growing, and their faith is strong.
The summit could turn out to be the first step to changing the horrors of oppression and persecution.
- President Trump and Kim Jong-un signed a “joint statement.”
President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) … Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The document contains 4 specific statements:
- The 2 nations will commit to establishing new relations.
- They will join efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
- The DPRK “commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
- The 2 nations commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, “including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
President Trump called the meeting a “very important event in world history.”
He looks forward to lifting the economic sanctions once “nukes are no longer a factor” and agreed to stop US-South Korea war games.
- What didn’t happen that needs to happen in future talks.
There was no guarantee made – or time-table set – for North Korea’s denuclearization…
If they lie again like they did to Clinton, Bush, and Obama, Trump will react as he should to protect America.
Although President Trump did raise the issue of human rights at the summit, no firm commitment was made by Kim Jong-un to release political prisoners or end the persecution of Christians.
- The progressive anti-Trump media went ballistic in its criticism of the president.
CBS, MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NBC and local news on TV, Facebook/social media and traditional newspapers were all anti-Trump in their coverage of the summit: how he looked, what he said, how he didn’t know what he was doing, how he doesn’t understand diplomacy…
Give me a break. He knows how to deal with foreign leaders better than any U.S. president has since Ronald Reagan.
- What will happen next.
Follow-up negotiations – led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – will begin.
You can be sure that in addition to denuclearization, Secretary Pompeo – as a committed Christian – will be focusing on the human rights abuses of the Kim regime.
As Christians, let’s pray:
- For our leaders in the upcoming negotiations
- For our brothers and sisters in Christ: that their oppression would end, and that they will be able to worship freely and without fear
- For Kim Jong-un and Korean communists to come to know Christ personally
Is peace and religious freedom possible?
Let’s remember that the Singapore Summit occurred on June 12th, the 31st anniversary of President Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate. There he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, “Tear down this wall!”
Two years later, the Berlin Wall fell.
All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26).
Remember in South Korea, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shamanism dominated the country.
But that changed with the American fight against Communism and the freedom established in South Korea … and today, almost 30% of the country is considered Christian.
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