Now that the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. are friends, perhaps it’s time to deal with North Korea?

By Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa 10 July 2017, 12:00AM

Well, it’s been an exciting week all right. 

As a relatively small country squatting peacefully on the South Pacific Ocean, with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, meeting for the first time Friday last week in Hamburg, Germany, and rogue North Korea up the road, testing its intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially hit Alaska on the other side of the ocean, when will this flagrant display of naked madness end? 

According to Mikahail Klimentiev of Agence France-Presse, Trump and Vladimir met at the Group of 20 summit conference in Hamburg, where important issues including global climate change, were discussed.

Later in Moscow though, reports said: “There was a certain degree of exulting in the Russian capital on Saturday, in the wake of the first meeting between (the two) presidents.”

They revealed that “President Vladimir V. Putin himself (was quite happy) with the  American president, saying they were getting along quite well.

Mr Putin also said, “The American president seemed (quite) satisfied with his answers on the hacking issue, and that the talks had set the stage for improved relations.”

And what was the “hacking issue” Mr Putin was talking about just then?

He was referring to the reports that the Russians had conducted a hacking operation of certain emails during America’s recent general elections which, reports said, directly resulted in Mr Trump becoming the President of the United States that he is today.

In fact, “when he was asked repeatedly about the two presidents’ conversations about accusations of Russian hacking during the 2016 American election, Mr. Putin said at a news conference in Hamburg, Germany, that Mr. Trump had paid a lot of attention to the issue”

Mr Putin told reporters: “When possible, I answered his questions in detail,” noting that he had reviewed previous exchanges he had had with former President, Barack Obama, on that very topic. 

And now referring to Mr Trump, Mr Putin said: “I got the impression that my answers satisfied him.”

Did he think Mr Trump believed his denials about Russian interference in the United States elections, had influenced the results of the elections, a reporter asked Mr Putin.

Mr. Putin, in reply, told the reporter:  “You should ask the American president.”

And from that point onwards, every time a reporter would ask Mr Putin if he felt Mr. Trump had believed his denials about Russian interference, Mr. Putin said he told the reporter you should ask the American president himself.

Later still, at least one Russian tabloid described the meeting between two presidents, “historic.” 

Indeed, that one went on to say that “overall, there was a sense of relief that if short on concrete agreements, the talks seemed to halt the downward spiral in relations and lack of contact, between the two countries.”

Now that, like it or not, is definitely something positive, to think about. 

Later in Moscow though, the reports said: “Amid the cheering, there were notes of caution about the frequent gaps between what Mr. Trump says, and what he does and can deliver. 

“And more important, there was a recognition that the domestic mood toward Russia in the United States remained sour.”

Still, reports say “the main message that emerged after more than two hours of talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, was that deals were possible.”

In the end the reports point out, the feeling was that “the mere fact that the two presidents had met in person for the first time since Mr. Trump had been elected, mattered more than the lack of a breakthrough.”

Indeed, in an interview, Andrei V. Kortunov, the director of the Russian International Affairs Council, a foreign policy research group, explained: “It is important that they finally met, because if you looked at the history of the relations between Washington and Moscow, these relations always depended to a large extent on the personal contact between the two leaders.”

He also said: “They defended their trenches, but they tried to also keep options for future compromises open.”

And so in a nutshell, it seems - judging from the openness of dialogue with which the leaders of the world’s superpowers, Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, had conducted themselves during their first meeting in Europe - there’s the chance that we should soon see the Middle East, free of wanton violence as it is today.

Indeed, it would be quite a huge relief seeing it become the Garden of Eden it was meant to be, instead of it remaining the warring contingent it has come to be where millions have perished over the years all the way to this day.  

What about North Korea anyway?

The word is that, it is continuing to test its intercontinental ballistic missiles so that the United States government, has responded with a military drill of its own in the Korean Peninsula, and at the same time it has urged the United Nations to impose tougher sanctions, against - you name it - North Korea.

Still, what happens if North Korea refuses to listen, and instead it will continue to tests its ballistics missiles, that are said to be capable of reaching Alaska? 

What happens when that goal is achieved? Would the United States of America just sit back and watch?

What about Hawaii, the western United States of America including California, Washington State, and other coastal cities along the Northern Pacific Ocean? 

Are they not also vulnerable?

What about South Korea, The Peoples Republic of China, The Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and indeed other neighboring, self-governing nations, that are scattered around the Pacific Ocean? 

Are they also not under threat of being harmed, if North Korea is not told point blank now, that it is time to desist?

Share your thoughts with the rest.

By Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa 10 July 2017, 12:00AM

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