South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said President Donald Trump “clearly” gets the “credit” for bringing North Korea to the table for a historic peace meeting on Friday.
“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” Kang told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”
On Friday, North Korean despot Kim Jong Un crossed the the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea for peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The duo established a goal of peace with no nuclear arms, reports The New York Times. President Trump is set to meet Kim this summer.
“I think we’re all surprised. Obviously pleasantly surprised,” Kang said hours before the historic meeting.
As noted by CNN, Mr. Trump directed fiery rhetoric toward Kim last summer and has softened his language in recent days, seemingly strategically so: “In August, he threatened ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen.’ In September, he said ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission.’ This week, he said that Kim Jong-un had been ‘very open and I think very honorable.'”
Kang said Moon’s and Trump’s rhetoric sent the same message: “North Korea will not be accepted — never be accepted as a nuclear power.”
After the meeting between North and South Korea, President Trump took to Twitter, declaring, “KOREAN WAR TO END!”
As noted by The Daily Wire, experts have fully acknowledged the amazing step toward peace and its significance, but warn against putting implicit trust in Kim. “I don’t think people should get carried away by the extraordinary scenes that we’re seeing — there’s still an enormous amount to be worked out before these good intentions turn into practical steps. But it is unquestionably a turning point, and now the challenge is going to be for President Trump and Kim Jong Un to try and build on that. I think one big question on that score is how far Kim Jong Un is prepared to go in practical terms on the nuclear issue and on that we simply don’t know,” said Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the University of California’s US-China Institute.
Trump, likewise, warned of the same earlier in the day. “After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!” he wrote.