The historic meeting between the President of the United States of America and the Supreme Leader of North Korea will still happen, but President Trump needs Kim Jong Un to agree to stipulations promoting the idea of denuclearization of North Korea prior to the meeting taking place.
So where would two of the world's most powerful leaders, respective enemies of one another, actually meet?
There's a ton of debate on this topic. There have been claims that a neutral country would be the framework for building a line of communication, somewhere like Switzerland.
However, experts in the military intelligence and political security fields say that such an occurrence wouldn't be possible inside of a neutral nation where the unexpected would actually be anticipated, so that's out of the question.
Could it be China? There's enormous fear surrounding China as well, due to their basic lack of human rights and unpredictable behavior patterns.
Not to mention, the Secret Service would have minimal control in China, and Kim Jong Un himself would be taking an extraordinary risk knowing that there are powerful and subversive forces at work which would love nothing more than to see him eliminated.
We do know that South Korea and North Korea are on the verge of talks to spark some type of reunification of the Korean Peninsula, although that could be years down the road, there are promising signs that such an occurrence would be possible.
If Kim Jong Un went into South Korea and anything happened to his well-being, his most loyal generals would most likely shell the South Korean nation where the President of the United States of America would also be in attendance, a risk that no intelligence community would likely take in trying to eliminate the North Korean menace.
There are equally similar risks for President Trump. Walking into South Korea, knowing Kim Jong Un is considered as a "madman," would no doubt be taking the chance that the North Korean Supreme Leader would make a move against his arch-rival.
That being said, Kim Jong Un may be crazy, but he's not a fool. There's zero doubt that if Kim made such a move not only would the United States of America completely wipe North Korea off the map, but his northern neighbor of China would seek retaliation of their own against their Southern neighbors, potentially through a complete land grab seizing power from grasp of whoever remained in control of North Korea.
South Korea seems fitting then when there is far too much at risk for either nation to allow the historic meeting to go sour.
One of our own military analysts at The Goldwater, and resident expert on geolocational fortifications of military bases and hardware around the globe,<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/author-post/Major-Burdock/1"> Major Burdock</a>, has suggested that such a reasonable location for the meeting could likely be one of a handful of South Korea regional locations.
You'd have to take into account that there will be a literal army of United States Armed Forces close by, South Korean troops within the region, and North Korean forces close enough that you could end up with numerous world leaders right in a war zone.
Habongam-dong, Dongducheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea:
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Habongam-dong is in the Gyeonggi-do Province of South Korea. This is a popular destination with loads of commerce, restaurants, and several golf courses.
Major Burdock has made a brilliant point that such a meeting would occur near a golf course, based solely upon President Trump's desire to walk one-on-one with world leaders away from both prying ears, and somewhere he no doubt feels comfortable.
In fact, Google Maps shows three within the province, and they all seem to surround an area which would be considered a safe zone, if there is such a label, for the pair to meet.
Hoecheon-eup, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea:
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Hoecheon-eup is also in the Gyeonggi-do Province of South Korea, another location for holiday travel for many people. With numerous textile factories nearby, you'd expect that commercial enterprise would make way for a more secure meeting area.
While there may be more of a crowd, as subway lines also extend through this region of the province, Major Burdock points out that several nearby hotels would draw in massive crowds from around the world who'd want to witness one of the most historic meetings in modern history. Airbnb rentals are as low as $20 a night in some areas.
"Those two areas are within artillery range but are also fortified US installations with the best air-to-air missile systems on earth," says Major Burdock, so the likelihood of maximizing protections for the President of the United States of America from both the Secret Service and the military would be high in such a location. Or, as high as one could expect this close to enemy territory.
Kim Jong Un would also likely draw in his own observers, and have the uncanny ability to strike if necessary in either location.
A thriller no doubt, with this type of historic meeting being unprecedented in modern history, and essentially something the world has never seen.
It would be expected that such a meeting would be planned several months in advance for routes of escape, shelters, and private security teams if not mercenaries going through a process of extreme vetting to ensure that neither side could compromise the teams with bribes or any other deception.
The levels of planning that would go into this type of event would be horrific for those who are responsible for finalizing such a blueprint, no doubt, trying to play out every possible scenario in a war-games like series of events to understand what could happen if the worst possibilities became reality.
It would be expected that both the United States of America's President, and our media, as well as the Supreme Leader of North Korea, and North Korean State Television, would want to record the meeting if not from a distance, promising to display history live or even recorded as it were unfolding.
We live in a high-tech, modern time, one that has an increased demand for coverage across the globe. Some would suggest that the pair of Kim Jong Un and Donald J. Trump may actually come to have a mutual respect for one another if they could meet face to face, outdoors in the Korean Peninsula, discussing the future of the region and a potential for peace.
Will it be either Habongam-dong, or Hoecheon-eup? There's uncertainty no doubt, but with a quick analysis of the surroundings, and the potential security of both parties coming into play, these locations seem prime as anywhere else on the planet.
"Generals historically meet within artillery range of one another," Major Burdock points out, giving credence to this region for reference. "South Korea made the announcement from the White House. Some folks are talking about neutral countries… Security wise? It just doesn't make sense."
This is likely the best point that I've not yet heard from anyone in the mainstream media. If the location were to be anywhere else but South Korea, there's very little chance South Korea would be making the announcement to begin with.
We also do not know what the North and South Korean diplomats have been discussing since the Olympics, where most of this pathway to peace began.
Certainly, the United States of America's role is crucial, with nearly 30,000 United States Armed Forces on the Korean Peninsula, waiting at a moments notice, if such a tactic need be necessary.
Time will tell, for now, President Trump seems to be moving towards one of the greatest foreign policy victories of any President in American history, and Kim Jong Un is also attempting to forever cement his footprints into the global records as well.
One thing is for certain, for all the critique President Trump received from the propagandist mainstream media and the Democrats for his tough rhetoric? It seems to have created more progress in one year in office than any of the failed Administrations prior to Trump's Presidency.
If this happens as it seems to be moving towards, both will become legends in their own right, and the world will become a safer place.
Godspeed President Trump. Make the Pacific great again.
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Why not the huts at the DMZ? The current ceasefire in the Korean war was negotiated there, why not the end of it?
That is a pipe dream. Why would North Korean rulers switch to a Democratic system when they already rule forever? And not to mention the criminal courts and loss of control over the army and people of North Korea.
North Korea has very few choices.
1. Do nothing. Doing nothing will require shows of strength to keep the starving masses content and continually worshiping the kimmys. Especially with the us and South Korea having military training happening right off the norths coast. North is almost completely broke, hard to build rockets and bombs with no cheese. Once he runs out of $$ and his brains behind the op bail it's only time till the north is gone.
2. They can try to retake the south by force. This ends in a smoking wreck with millions of dead and no North Korea once the dust settled.
3. They sit down and see if a deal can be made. Kim knows any deal will require no nukes and proof of compliance. In a reunified Korea Kim would probably be a figurehead with no power. The norks will probably worship him as a god for generations to come.