It seems that despite the hysteria surrounding President Trump’s rhetoric back and forth with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and fears from some across the political spectrum that the rhetoric might ignite a thermonuclear war, President Trump is doing something just right; not only is China reducing its trade with North Korea, but for the first time in two years, North Korea and South Korea are holding talks.
As Bloomberg reports:
China’s trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program. The value of Chinese goods exported to North Korea last month fell 23 percent year on year, according to data released Friday by China’s General Administration of Customs. Imports from the country also plunged 82 percent in December. All told, trade between the two sides fell almost 51 percent during the month.
On Tuesday, representatives from South Korea and North Korea met for diplomatic discussions for the first time in more than two years. South Korean President Moon Jae-in Moon said Trump was responsible for the talks, asserting that Trump played a "big" role, adding, "I extend my gratitude to President Trump.”
In a phone call with Moon on Wednesday, Trump said he would join in diplomatic negotiations with North Korea. According to ABC News, a readout of the call from the White House stated Trump "expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances." Moon and Trump "underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea.”
South Korea's Yonhap news agency echoed that Moon's office issued a press release in which it said that Moon and Trump "agreed to closely consult on the direction of talks between the South and North Korea in the future.”