Editor's Reaction to the recent historic meeting between
North and South Korean leaders
Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
* 2006 Journalist of the Year for the State
of Wisconsin (U.S.-SBA)
I would be lying if I say I don’t trust North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he went to South Korea, met with
President Moon Jae-in and pledged to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The
truth is, I was extremely happy when I read the news today (April 27th, 2018), courtesy of Reuters via yahoo.
com, because this historic meeting of Korean leaders reflected a clear hope for an era of peace and
cooperation between the two warring countries and the possibility of erasing people’s fear for a nuclear war
which would definitely involve the greatest powers in the world and of course, the resulting near-annihilation
The real problem has been our exposure to purely Western media which consistently pictured North Korean
President Kim Jong Un as evil in disguise, for openly testing the waters for a future nuclear/missile attack of
the United States of America and possibly its allies in Asia. My home country’s (Philippines) proximity to
Korea and Japan has, in recent times, created fear among her people, including myself and my family, due
to negative reactions – and rightfully so -- of Southeast Asian countries, Japan, South Korea, and the US,
resulting from North Korea’s missile tests. During all these tests, we heard no explanation from North
Korea, simply because we had no access to its media outlets. Even China, which we consider as North
Korea’s closest ally, had issued no explanation at all to appease our people and governments, probably to
distance itself from North Korea’s actions. Though with this historic meeting of Korean presidents, I think
China played a big role because it would be disadvantageous for this super power to lose its world market
and political friends should North Korea engage in a nuclear war against the US and Japan. As we all know, many, if not most, countries owe China
their economic existence or subsistence; thus, a nuclear war would be China’s biggest loss and downfall, perhaps together with the rest of us.
I’m aware that Kim Jong Un is also scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump soon. To me, that’s another historic milestone to eagerly
watch for. Indeed, no peace can be achieved without talking face to face and agreeing on big issues that matter most to both countries. While their
own interests dictate hard and fixed position most times, diplomacy requires deep understanding of each other’s needs and the willingness to
compromise for the sake of world peace and security.
I just hope President Trump doesn’t make comments that would worsen present US-North Korea relations. Trump must act as president of the
greatest country in the world who’s going to negotiate for peace and cooperation, not one who’s out to condemn an “enemy’s actions.” My
unsolicited advice: Trump must start afresh and look forward; be tactful like an experienced diplomat; keep his mouth shut if he doesn’t need to
open it; and show body language that expresses genuineness and respect. Trump must understand that Kim Jong Un is also a president like him.
North Korea might be small, but as we all know, even a small insect can infect and kill many. (Just look at the present death toll in the Philippines
because of Dengue Fever, a disease from a mosquito bite!) Hopefully, this would really be a fruitful historic meeting.
So, let me reiterate my happiness, and even gratitude to all concerned who worked in the background to make this meeting of Korean leaders and
their pledge for peace a reality. To the sceptics who think this meeting would fail just like previous ones in 2000 and 2007 (which didn’t stop North
Korea’s nuclearization), I am convinced that this time, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un would create history. I think he isn’t that hard-headed and evil after
all, for he listens to reason and is also willing to negotiate to achieve lasting peace and make new “friends” in the process. I hope that the Western
media would also give this man a space where he could express himself openly and answer questions which many of us may want to ask.