TRUMP effect: South Korean official praises POTUS, says he deserves credit for historic summit with the North

(National SentinelSo Much Winning: President Donald J. Trump deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the historic summit on Friday between the leaders of North and South Korea, an official from the latter country has declared.

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South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said Trump “clearly” gets the “credit” for bringing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the table for talks that could lead him to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for trade and security guarantees.

“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” Kang told CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”

On Friday, Kim crossed the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea for peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. By actually stepping on South Korean soil, Kim became the first North Korean leader to do that since the Korean War ended in July 1953.

He and Moon set out a goal of formal peace with no nuclear arms, reports The New York Times. Trump, meanwhile, is set to meet Kim by late May or early June, according to the latest reporting.

Denuclearization is going to be the priority for the United States, the president has said, adding on Friday that the U.S. “won’t  be played” like it has been in the past.

“I think we’re all surprised. Obviously pleasantly surprised,” Kang said in the hours before the historic meeting.

The Daily Wire reported further:

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.”

Following the meeting between Kim and Moon, Trump took to Twitter, declaring, “KOREAN WAR TO END!”

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