Jimmy Carter offers to talk peace with North Korea's Kim

  • argus

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    Oct 10, 2017 3:24 PM GMT
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/10/jimmy-carter-offers-to-talk-peace-with-north-koreas-kim-says-academic


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    Justin McCurry in Tokyo

    Tuesday 10 October 2017 06.52 BST

    Jimmy Carter has reportedly said he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a bid to defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes, and bring “permanent peace” to the Korean peninsula.

    In an intervention that is likely to irritate Donald Trump, the 93-year-old former president told a South Korean academic that he was willing to travel to the North Korean capital if it meant preventing war.
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    “Should former president Carter be able to visit North Korea, he would like to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North, and a complete denuclearisation of North Korea,” Park Han-shik, a professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, told South Korea’s JoongAng Daily newspaper.

    Park said Carter told him during a meeting at his home in Georgia at the end of September that he wanted to “contribute toward establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula.

    “He wants to employ his experience visiting North Korea to prevent a second Korean war,” he added.

    Carter’s recent comments on North Korea have angered the White House, which last month reportedly asked him not to speak publicly about the crisis amid fears he was undermining Trump, who refuses to entertain any form of rapprochement with the regime.

    Media reports said a senior US state department official had visited Carter at his home to pass on Trump’s request.

    Carter’s conciliatory stance sits uneasily with attempts by the Trump administration to intensify sanctions against Pyongyang and threats to use military force if the US or its allies are threatened by the regime.

    Carter, however, does not appear to be listening to his successor in the White House.

    In an opinion piece in the Washington Post last week, he described the North Korean situation as “the most serious existential threat to world peace” and implored Washington and Pyongyang to find a peaceful way to defuse tensions and “reach a lasting, peaceful agreement”.

    Carter said all the North Korean officials he had met, including the former leader Kim Il-sung, had told him that all they wanted were direct talks with the US to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the uneasy ceasefire reached at the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.

    Attempts to pressure the North into abandoning its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes will fail for as long as the regime believes its survival is at stake, Carter wrote.

    “The next step should be for the United States to offer to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang for peace talks or to support an international conference including North and South Korea, the United States and China, at a mutually acceptable site.”

    Carter’s brand of gentle diplomacy has won concessions from the North Koreans before.

    In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, he persuaded Kim Il-sung to freeze his country’s nuclear programme in a deal that may have averted conflict with the US.

    In August 2010, he secured the release of Aijalon Gomes, an American who had been sentenced to eight years in prison for entering North Korea illegally.

    Park, who helped organise the 1994 and 2010 trips to North Korea, said he had communicated to Pyongyang Carter’s wish to lead a US delegation to the country.

    “We have yet to get answers from the North Koreans, but I’m sure they’re giving it deep consideration,” Park told the Yonhap news agency.

    “We still have to watch North Korea’s reaction. We might be able talk with Trump again if North Korea sends an official invitation. Should Trump steadfastly oppose the idea then we have to think about what we’ll do next.”

    Even an unofficial delegation led by Carter would need to be approved by the US government following the recent introduction of a ban on American citizens traveling to North Korea."
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 10, 2017 5:00 PM GMT
    I would like to think we can do better than a 90 year old Jimmy Carter. Nothing against President Carter --- he's a good man --- but we have many talented diplomats at our disposal that could work with the North Koreans IF in fact the NoKo's are will to negotiate
  • mybud

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    Oct 10, 2017 5:30 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI would like to think we can do better than a 90 year old Jimmy Carter. Nothing against President Carter --- he's a good man --- but we have many talented diplomats at our disposal that could work with the North Koreans IF in fact the NoKo's are will to negotiate
    So what's the harm for Carter to attempt negotiations? Trump's threat measures have only escalated tentions.IMO....we have nothing to lose......
  • dilfforrent

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    Oct 10, 2017 10:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI would like to think we can do better than a 90 year old Jimmy Carter...


    Clearly we can't do better, when the president is challenging his Secretary of State to an IQ test duel
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    Oct 10, 2017 10:38 PM GMT
    That's a joke right?
    If not, what an absolute pisser, because he was such a weak president.
    Now President Reagan, that's a diffrent story.
    Look at what he achieved, while president elect.
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    Oct 11, 2017 6:32 PM GMT
    That clown, Carter is simply in love with any psycho-terrorist and communist dictator, on this planet.
    I just don't know why does he worth any mention, while now he's being irrelevant more than ever.
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    Oct 12, 2017 3:10 AM GMT
    Carter helped Clinton negotiate extortion to be paid by the US to North Korea. When the extortion ran out, North Korea restarted developing nukes.

    North Korea wants to be paid off...again.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 12, 2017 4:48 AM GMT
    mybud said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI would like to think we can do better than a 90 year old Jimmy Carter. Nothing against President Carter --- he's a good man --- but we have many talented diplomats at our disposal that could work with the North Koreans IF in fact the NoKo's are will to negotiate
    So what's the harm for Carter to attempt negotiations? Trump's threat measures have only escalated tentions.IMO....we have nothing to lose......


    Trump is the POTUS. I am just fine with the way he is handling this NoKo situation. We're not negotiating with a maniac. We're also not afraid of NoKo. If they even try to send a missile our way or at one of our allies it will be the last missile they ever shoot. Carter needs to stay retired and BUTT out
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    Oct 12, 2017 8:29 PM GMT
    rtmnmk saidThat clown, Carter is simply in love with any psycho-terrorist and communist dictator, on this planet.
    I just don't know why does he worth any mention, while now he's being irrelevant more than ever.

    Yeah don't mind him. He suffers from a really bad case of being an Israeli.