South Korean President Says Trump Deserves Credit for Making Talks With North Korea Possible
President Donald Trump’s heated “fire and fury” rhetoric appears to have done the trick, the South Korean president said Tuesday.
“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing the inter-Korea talks,” President Moon Jae-in explained to reporters Tuesday night. He said the same to a reporter from The Washington Post.
I just asked South Korean president Moon Jae-in about this tweet. He very diplomatically said President Trump deserved a “great deal” of credit for creating the environment for talks. pic.twitter.com/cwhDabfhTA
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) January 10, 2018
North and South Korea met for the first time in two years at the Peace House in the Joint Security Area at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) Tuesday. Inter-Korean talks followed an overture by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during his New Year’s address last Monday, when he said that the North is “open to dialogue” with the South Koreans.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his strong stance and tough rhetoric made negotiations possible.
With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
“Look, right now, they’re talking Olympics. It’s a start, it’s big start. If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking at all right now,” Trump told reporters recently.
While the the president and Moon appear optimistic about talks, other observers are skeptical and very suspicious of Kim’s intentions.
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