South Korea credits Trump’s ‘leadership’ for Kim Jong Un’s surprising offer to talk

Ryan Pickrell, DCNF

South Korea is crediting President Donald Trump for the remarkable change in North Korea’s behavior.

This picture taken on August 14, 2017 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) at an undisclosed location.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said on August 15 he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. (Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)


After a year of angry threats and weapons testing, North Korea is engaging its southern neighbors in dialogue. Even more incredible is that Kim Jong Un has offered to meet with Trump, discuss denuclearization, and even halt nuclear and missile testing while dialogue is underway.

Trump’s “leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong told reporters Tuesday evening in a brief address, during which he revealed Kim’s invitation and Trump’s acceptance.

South Korea also credited Trump for helping to restart talks between North and South Korea in January.

The Trump administration announced a strategy of “maximum pressure and engagement” in 2017, which involves economic sanctions, military deterrence, and diplomatic pressure in an effort to force Pyongyang to the negotiating table. While the North’s intentions are difficult to decipher, the strategy appears to be bearing fruit.

The U.S. has tried talking to North Korea before, but the upcoming meeting will be the first meeting between a sitting president and a North Korean leader, the man in charge.

“Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night, signaling that the maximum pressure strategy will continue until North Korea starts to get serious about denuclearization.

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