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Excerpt: "Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has expressed a desire to visit Pyongyang as a messenger between the United States and North Korea, Park Han-shik, an emeritus professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, said Sunday."

Former president Jimmy Carter. (photo: Getty)
Former president Jimmy Carter. (photo: Getty)


Jimmy Carter Offers to Meet With Kim Jung Un to Avoid New Korean War

By Jeong Yong-Soo and Sarah Kim, Korea JoongAng Daily

11 October 17

 

ormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter has expressed a desire to visit Pyongyang as a messenger between the United States and North Korea, Park Han-shik, an emeritus professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, said Sunday.

“Carter wants to meet with the North Korean leader and play a constructive role for peace on the Korean Peninsula as he did in 1994,” Park, 78, told the JoongAng Ilbo over phone after meeting with the 93-year-old former president.

Park, a prominent scholar of North Korea-related issues who has traveled to Pyongyang over 50 times, visited Carter, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with the Atlanta-based Carter Center, at the former president’s home in Plains, Georgia, on Sept. 28.

“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 denuclearization of North Korea,” Park said, “and 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 continued.

During the peak of the North Korean nuclear crisis in 1994, when the U.S. military under President Bill Clinton drew up plans to strike a nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, Carter traveled to Pyongyang in June that year to defuse tensions and reached a deal with then-leader Kim Il Sung for North Korea to freeze its nuclear program.

Kim died a month later on July 8 and was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader.

Then in October, the United States and North Korea adopted the Agreed Framework, under which North Korea would freeze and eventually dismantle its nuclear program, addressing Washington’s concerns about its plutonium-producing reactors and Yongbyon nuclear facility.

In turn, North Korea was promised fuel oil and assistance in the construction of two light-water reactors.

Now, 23 years after he played a decisive role in resolving the last nuclear crisis, Carter has strong resolve to mediate between the two countries once again, Park said.

The professor added it was why Carter has publicly raised the need for a U.S. government delegation to visit North Korea and convince the regime to give up its weapons program.

In an Oct. 4 opinion piece in The Washington Post, Carter described the “strong possibility of another Korean war” as “the most serious existing threat to world peace,” and wrote that it was “imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a lasting, peaceful agreement.”

The former president pointed out that North Korean officials have always demanded direct talks with the United States as well as a permanent peace treaty to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War, which technically concluded in a cease-fire.

“They want an end to sanctions, a guarantee that there will be no military attack on a peaceful North Korea, and eventual normal relations between their country and the international community,” Carter wrote.

Other options to resolve the crisis, such as military strikes on the North’s nuclear facilities, more severe economic punishment or an end to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, do not “offer an immediate way to end the present crisis, because the Pyongyang government believes its survival is at stake,” he wrote.

Carter went on to call U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that Washington has lines of communication with Pyongyang “a good first step to defusing tensions.”

The next step, he wrote, would be for the United States to offer a “high-level delegation” to visit Pyongyang for peace talks, or support an international conference that includes the two Koreas, the United States and China.

Although Carter did not explicitly suggest himself as an envoy to North Korea in his opinion piece, Park said he conveyed the former president’s wish to head such a U.S. delegation to the country through informal channels with North Korea.

Park previously helped to arrange Carter’s visit to Pyongyang in 1994 and 2010. However, North Korea has yet to respond.

A trip by Carter would require special approval from the U.S. government.

Since Sept. 1, the Donald Trump administration has banned U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea.


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-3 # indian weaver 2017-10-11 14:19
Ha ha. Jimmy just plain doesn't understand that Trump and the MIC only want war and no discussion or diplomacy. No money in diplomacy, $trillions in war and violent aggression against innnocent parties. Hard to believe Jimmy just can't get it by now. But, this the position of most American citizens: totally clueless and ignorant.
 
 
-11 # indian weaver 2017-10-11 15:44
I do not mean to dismiss Carter as an ignorant vapid fruit loop like most Americans. Carter is by far the most respectable of all ex-Potus for his hard work, compassion and honesty. But in this one area of MIC profiting off wars and violence, he does remain a politician first, apparently living in la-la fantasyland, and a helpful world citizen second. Carter should absent himself from all politics and stick with what he does best: help millions worldwide in many ways, unlike the American government and all other POTUS now groveling around the planet in their slime and lies.
 
 
+10 # ljslotnick 2017-10-11 22:28
My sense tells me that another conflict in Korea is possible only if the mainstream media promotes it. We know the part that the mainstream media played in supporting the Bush drumbeats of war in Afghanistan and Iraq 15 years ago. I think enough Americans across the political spectrum are not brain-dead enough to have forgotten that disaster of the century.
Alternative media is much more potent now, and MUST hold the mainstream media accountable. Nothing sells news like WAR. But nothing would beat the news-selling story of Trump's own generals tossing him out of office on his orange butt. Yes, I'm talking about a military coup here.
 
 
+6 # Caliban 2017-10-12 10:17
This sounds like a Trump trip -- blame the media for decisions made by politicians.

If Trump backs off the threats and insults, the media will report this move as well and the threat of war will quickly fade. So, put the responsibility for war where it truly belongs: with the Commander - in - Chief.
 
 
+10 # randrjwr 2017-10-12 10:00
Quoting indian weaver:
I do not mean to dismiss Carter as an ignorant vapid fruit loop like most Americans. Carter is by far the most respectable of all ex-Potus for his hard work, compassion and honesty. But in this one area of MIC profiting off wars and violence, he does remain a politician first, apparently living in la-la fantasyland, and a helpful world citizen second. Carter should absent himself from all politics and stick with what he does best: help millions worldwide in many ways, unlike the American government and all other POTUS now groveling around the planet in their slime and lies.


It seems as though you are saying that war with North Korea is inevitable--if Jimmy Carter doesn't try to prevent it, can you suggest somebody else who would/could try--someone not in "la-la" land? Absent another believable negotiator, yours becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
 
 
+54 # Dust 2017-10-11 17:15
Oh, Jimmy gets it completely and understands completely. That's exactly why he is volunteering to go and broker something independent of the Orange Baby Thing (OBT) in the White House.
 
 
+31 # bread and butter 2017-10-11 20:35
Yep! There he goes again!

It seems like Carter's reputation has been on the receiving end of more of the political wrongs of the past 40 years than any other person - and yet, he just keeps coming back without any sign of stooping to the level of the rest of our politicians.
 
 
+17 # randrjwr 2017-10-12 10:03
Quoting bread and butter:
Yep! There he goes again!

It seems like Carter's reputation has been on the receiving end of more of the political wrongs of the past 40 years than any other person - and yet, he just keeps coming back without any sign of stooping to the level of the rest of our politicians.


Here, here! Truly, our most remarkable and honorable politician/pres ident/world benefactor.
 
 
+3 # MikeAF48 2017-10-11 18:25
So look up Paul Harvey's quote ("so god made me a farmer") good stuff.
 
 
+39 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-11 18:32
Good move, President Carter. You actually deserve the Nobel Peace Prize you got. Obama is silent and absent.

I do hope Carter goes and meets with North Korea's leaders. He can attract some press, though most will ignore him.

Dennis Rodman is over in North Korea right now building up good will between the two nations.

Trump and his neo-con backers only want war, but enough public diplomacy and exposure of their lies might be able to help prevent war.
 
 
+29 # bread and butter 2017-10-11 18:49
Isn't it great that we live in a country where we can elect a totally insane maniac, fucking moron, with absolutely no grasp of reality, but we still have a bunch of people willing to just cover for his ass before he gets us all blown up?

Jimmy Carter is 93 years old. It's a good thing a few people of his generation are still around to bail us out. Hopefully, he'll live another 30 or 40 years, so he can outlive the bumper crop of malignant narcissists belonging to the generation(s) currently in their 60s and 70s. If Carter continues to bail us out well past his 130th birthday, perhaps, the rest of us can pick up the broken pieces, left by people like: Trump, Cheney, the Bushes, and the Clintons.

Otherwise, we're screwed.
 
 
+27 # Wise woman 2017-10-11 20:01
Mr. Carter knows EXACTLY what he's thinking and doing. After all, he's done it twice before. The difference this time is that we've got a sociopath in the WH who desperately wants to play with his nuclear toys. Taking the codes away from him is the only sane answer. That would take the pressure off Mr. Carter so that he can conduct the best possible outcome. You have my prayers, sir.
 
 
+6 # randrjwr 2017-10-12 10:06
And mine.
 
 
+32 # Barkingcarpet 2017-10-11 22:37
Carter is and always has been a good and honorable human. Too bad most of us don't bother listening to or supporting him.

It is we who fail to change the world for the better, with every waking $ and trash can, we choose continually.
 
 
+21 # Colleen Clark 2017-10-11 23:19
Thank God for Jimmy Carter!
 
 
+11 # Blackjack 2017-10-12 09:00
Too bad the Orange Headed Monster wouldn't allow Carter to at least make an attempt at diplomacy. But thank goodness he's still out there making an effort to create a better world. And where are our other ex-POTUSES? Just where we should expect them to be--out there on the dangerous corporate front playing golf and raking in millions for speaking to billionaires! A pox on all their houses!
 
 
0 # Littlebird 2017-10-14 18:49
Why not meet with Mr. trump instead? Jimmy Carter is our best President and knows the way to peace. If he can convince Mr. Trump that being a peace maker is better than taking the bait that N. Korea is offering, he can prevent the next Korean conflict. Someone with a sound mind, like Jimmy Carter,may be able to be the mediator between two maniacs who want to start a fight to the finish.
 
 
0 # Michael Morrissey 2017-10-15 02:47
This needs follow-up. What is the White House reaction? What is the N. Korean reaction?
 

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