Donald Trump could be having good relationship with Kim Jong

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The president's aggressive statements against Kim, coupled with worldwide sanctions, seem to have pressured the North Korean dictator into reaching out to the South.

He refuted a Wall Street Journal report that said he was contemplating a strike against North Korea. The joint statement issued after the talks states: "South and North Korea have decided to make joint efforts for the unity of the people and reconciliation by establishing an environment for peace and easing military tensions on the Korean peninsula".

"All our state-of-the-art strategic weapons like atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic rockets are completely targeting the United States". It is also an important year for South Korea as they are hosting the Winter Olympic Games.

According to Reuters, Ri Son Gwon, head of North Korea's delegation at the inter-Korean talks, reportedly said that "North Korea's weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russian Federation", and that its nuclear program was not an issue between the two countries. "A lot of good energy", he added.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert welcomed the inter-Korean meeting which she said was "aimed at ensuring a safe, secure and successful" Olympics.

In response, the US leader wanted Kim to have no doubts that the USA can, too, destroy North Korea with "fire and fury".

"Anything that lowers tensions on the Korean Peninsula is a positive development", Steve Goldstein, U.S. State Department undersecretary for public affairs, said at a Tuesday press briefing, praising the North's participation in the Olympics.

North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said.

Trump has been of late more open, on more than one occasion, to having a dialogue with North Korea. The two teams even played each other, with the South defeating the North 3-0 in division play.

Pence's office said the vice president's attendance to the Olympics will "reinforce the strong US presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime". The North said its delegation would comprise athletes, high-ranking officials, a cheering squad, art performers as well as reporters and spectators. "I just don't want to comment", he replied, when asked by WSJ if he had contacts with the North Korean leader.

President Donald Trump predicted the crisis between the USA and North Korea would be resolved without war, tamping down tensions that he has helped stoke in the region.

The restoration of the hotline was the second such move in a week. Yet, Washington is thought to have maintained back-channel negotiations to push via diplomatic channels at the United Nations. But North Korea reopened one channel last week as signs emerged of improving ties. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said.

"Not helpful enough, but they've been very helpful", he said.

The countries have a long history of failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. The inter-Korean dialogue was the first of its kind since December 2015.

This approach is in contrast to President Trump's threats of war against the North if it continues on the path of repeated nuclear and missile tests. Chun first gained prominence in South Korea in 1983 as a young lieutenant when he was credited with saving the life of a senior South Korean general during a terrorist bombing in Burma.

In November 1987, almost a year before the Summer Games in Seoul, a South Korean airliner exploded, killing more than 100 people.

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