History Should Be Our Guide

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                             We should remember that ever since Kim Il-sung, North Korea has been
trying to pursue nuclear weapons. Kim Il-sung had stated this back in the 1950’s. The United States
had tried to stop this with the Agreed Framework in 1994. In exchange for North Korea giving up its
pursuit of nuclear weapons, the United States would give North Korea money and two nuclear
reactors incapable of producing weapons grade plutonium. North Korea violated this agreement by
having a secret uranium program to produce nuclear weapons and the agreement was effectively
dead in 2003. Former U.S. President George W. Bush tried to denuclearize North Korea through talks
with China, Russia, Japan and South Korea as well as give North Korea U.S. $400 in fuel, food and
energy aid in exchange for North Korea giving up the nuclear weapons it had already made. This did
not happen. Now U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to make a deal with current North Korean
leader Kim Jong-un believes he can change the whole equation. He wants to make sure that North
Korea’s nuclear arsenal will be permanently dismantled. I have a feeling this will not happen. The
North Koreans have done everything to make sure that they either kept on producing nuclear
weapons or have made sure that they have hid what they have in their arsenal. In this regards,
we have to look towards history as our guide.