Korean Americans in Kentucky hopeful for peace following Singapore Summit
President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un has people in Kentuckiana watching the latest developments on relations with the elusive regime.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un has people in Kentuckiana watching the latest developments on relations with the elusive regime.
Korean Americans like Dr. John Yun from Elizabethtown are hopeful for peace but are concerned North Korea will not live up to its promises.
The short agreement signed by the two leaders does not create a timetable or process to verify the dismantling of nuclear weapons.
“I think everyone in the world is looking for and hoping for peace,” Yun said.
Dr. Yun has family and friends living in South Korea, and is cautiously optimistic that security on the peninsula and around the world will improve.
“What happens to Korea is very important to all of us even though we all live in this country," Yun said.
Dr. Jason Abbott, with the University of Louisville, said the agreement does not change a lot from a policy standpoint but it is a step forward in the diplomatic process. He sees the prospect of a unified Korea as a distant dream.
“Certainly there will be no hurry by the North Koreans to give up the political control that they have over their country," Yun said.
The North Korean dictator is feeling the pressure of sanctions from United States and the United Nations. The country is trying to negotiate access to the global market.
“It certainly has seen the nuclear weapons program as the only leverage it has in negotiations," Abbott said.
Kim Jong Un is still facing a long list of human rights violations which were not addressed at the summit.
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