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Trump-Kim historic summit: The beginning of the end of a nuclear war?

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The whole world was watching and waiting for the meeting of these two world leaders who had the world on edge when they began to show the threats of their nuclear arsenal, nuclear tests and military display driven by ego, challenging tweets by Donald Trump and Kim's parades with deployments of nuclear warheads.

The fear of a third nuclear world war was present, while both leaders measured themselves in this Game of Thrones. The members of the diplomacy of each country have had to work to finally hold the most awaited and desired summit of the last times.

The focus of this short meeting was only on the nuclear dismantling, the biggest threat to the world and especially between the two powers, but there are still many other issues that were not discussed that are part of the reality of the North Koreans, who are led by a young dictator who has his people frightened and controlled by fear living in a regime that subjects its people through the executions of opponents, torture, which is the daily bread, where political prisoners are estimated between 100 and 120,000, where compulsory labor camps, the gulags, continue to exist, where displacement within the country is regulated and censorship and self-censorship prevail.

However, none of these issues were discussed but this meeting was part of a fully orchestrated play to reach the conclusion already agreed and long awaited peace agreement between the two countries to avoid a possible disastrous catastrophe for humanity.

They quite inevitably posed nervous before the cameras, but with a smile on their mouths, proud to have gotten there, knowing that the world was watching. Trump will record a historic victory that will serve him in his photo album and help him raise points in his discredited public and media image.

"I think we will have a terrific relationship. I have no doubt," Trump predicted at the start of a 38-minute solo meeting with Kim. His simple and repetitive speech immediately contrasted with the poetic and grandiose rhetoric that characterizes North Koreans.

"Old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears and have hampered our path, but we have been able to overcome everything," said Kim.

Given Trump's good mood, the North Korean leader seemed to relax and even allowed himself to joke about the extraordinary nature of the meeting.

"Many people in the world will think of this as a form of fantasy from a science fiction movie," Kim said as he walked with Trump to the second summit meeting.

President Trump also wanted to make a joke at the beginning of the working lunch, always looking for the main role but Kim did not seem to be amused.

"Are you taking good pictures so we look nice and handsome and thin and perfect?" Trump told photographers, who caught the perplexed reaction of the North Korean leader.

Trump wanted to give the image and impression of equals and with his characteristic humor he tried to make Kim relax in an atmosphere of expectation.

But nevertheless the apparent relaxed atmosphere dissipated when the North Koreans defied the protocol at the moment in which the sister of the supreme leader, Kim Yo-jong, pulled out a pen provided by the United States for the signature of the final agreement and handed it over to her boss, apparently because the first pen was bearing Trump's signature.

In a historical moment more questions arise than answers and the passage of time will give it its true dimension.

How long will the agreements last? What are they in concrete? It seems that the agreement is not much more different from the previous agreement except stopping the maneuvers and nuclear tests that the Korean president was carrying out to show off his arsenal.

Can we trust them when we know that there are words and speeches that are gone with the wind?

Which organisms will control its application? Who wins in this agreement?

The real implications of this handshake will be known when the lights go out and we can calmly read what is in this world of shadows, abstracted from both characters.

The US president said that, in response to this initiative, he will end military maneuvers in the region, although he will not withdraw US troops in South Korea or lift sanctions against the North Korean regime "as long as nuclear weapons remain".

UN Secretary General António Guterres today welcomed as an "important milestone" the summit between the United States and North Korea and urged the global support to implement the agreements reached between the two countries.

"Implementing the today and previous’ agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community," said Guterres through his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.

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