'Both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un got exactly what they wanted from the Singapore summit: a photo-op that will lift the former’s sagging poll numbers at home, while bolstering the legitimacy of the latter’s brutal and predatory regime.
The talks ended with nothing but the empty verbal promises of two narcissistic and self-glorifying men: Trump promised to end or limit US military support for its long-time ally South Korea, and Kim reaffirmed the same commitment North Korea has made repeatedly since 1992, to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.
That was it. Essentially, the US and South Korea got nothing in return for legitimising the brutal North Korean dictatorship - but this hasn’t stopped pundits and politicians on the right from hailing Trump as a “peacemaker”. A group of Republicans in the US Congress are lobbying for Trump to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for easing tensions with North Korea.
Cruel and reckless policies
Even though the US has brought North Korea to the negotiating table many times before, only to see the aid-for-disarmament deals fail, members of Trump’s party see him as the world’s chief promoter of peace - an assertion that is not only absurd, but also a contemptible slur against everyone who has been harmed by Trump’s cruel and reckless policies.
The criteria for adjudicating the Nobel Peace Prize considers whether potential recipients “have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.'
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