Jimmy Carter Ready to Continue his Legacy of Peace

The former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter has once again defied the Trump Administration in his bid to bring a lasting peace to the Korean Penninsula. Former President Carter has visited the North Korean capital of Pyongyang twice as he has used his much admired skills of diplomacy to calm tensions between the U.S. and North Korea at times when a second Korean War seemed almost impossible to avert. Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter has won praise from all sides of the political spectrum for the quiet, gentle diplomacy credited with calming tensions with North Korea in both 1994 and 2010.

The call for diplomacy from Carter has come in his own opinion piece written for The Washington Post and in an interview with the South Korean newspaper, JoongAng in which a prominent South Korean academic made clear the role the former President wishes to play in the coming months. Park Han-shik has been a key ally of Carter throughout his many visits to North Korea acting as s gobetween for the 93-year-old former President and North Korean officials in the buildup to official diplomatic visits by the former Governor of Georgia; Park explained Carter has already discussed the logistics of a visit to North Korea and had his request for peace talks submitted to officials from the Socialist country.

Park Han-shik went on to explain the aim of President Carter is to bring a lasting peace to the Korean Penninsula and begin the process of the denuclearization of the nation to avert a potentially destructive war involving the U.S. and her allies. Carter himself explained his view of the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in his article for The Washington Post including his belief the majority of North Korean officials simply wish to open talks with the U.S.

President Carter believes one of the major sticking points in the tensions between the U.S. and North Korean is the fristy ceasefire agreed at the end of the Korean War in 1953. As he continues to push for a diplomatice end to the recent tensions, President Carter believes a long-lasting peace agreement is the only option to head off a catastrophic war; Carter was entrusted with securing a peace deal with North Korea in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and again in 2010 by President Barrack Obama.

A major problem towards the road map towards peace created by Jimmy Carter is the fact President Donald Trump has already called on his former Presidential counterpart not to speak publicly about bringing peace to the Korean region. With tensions remaining heightened on the Korean Penninsula, Carter hopes an international peace conference can be established involving both North and South Korea, the U.S., and China. President Jimmy Carter and Park Han-shik hope an official invitation can be obtained from North Korea to negotiate a peace deal which would prompt President Donald Trump and officials at The White House to reconsider their position on the