On New Year’s Day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un surprised the world by expressing his willingness to meet and talk with South Korea. He wished to discuss his country’s involvement in this February’s Winter Olympics, to be held in South Korea. Since then, there have been a few communications between the countries and a slight easing of tension on the Korean peninsula. Many are wondering what prompted this move by Kim. President Trump took to Twitter to announce he felt he was the reason. The president tweeted:
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
There is some proof of the president’s assertion on Twitter. In his speech, Kim Jong-un mainly focused on the economy. He called for light industry to try to save electricity and said they should produce more products with local materials. This does make it appear that the harsh sanctions on North Korea pushed for by the Trump administration are working. Another factor could be that South Korea postponed war game exercises with the United States. North Korea often asks for these exercises to be delayed and this might have helped lead to the thawing of relations. Still, a question comes to mind: Are President Trump’s actions towards them the reason for North Korea’s willingness to talk with South Korea?
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Is North Korea’s willingness to talk to South Korea due to President Trump’s actions? Has President Trump scared them into talking? Or, do they just want to take part in the Winter Olympics being held in South Korea?