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Trump’s North Korean Love Affair Shows That Diplomacy Works

Instead of being belligerent with hostile nations, we can reach out to them with great effectiveness

The bromance that has developed between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is unbelievable. The two men once exchanged hostilities on social media that some liberal commentators thought would bring about a nuclear holocaust, but now just months later, the two strong world leaders are the best of friends.

“I was really being tough – and so was he. And we would go back and forth,” Trump said during a rally in West Virginia.

“And then we fell in love, okay? No, really – he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters,” he said.

Trump lamented that his detractors would call him “unpresidential” for making such tremendous and unprecedented strides with the North Korean ruler, but in actuality, there is nothing more presidential than bringing nations together toward peace. The Founding Fathers would be proud of Trump now.

Right now, the Koreas stand at the precipice of being united for the first time in generations. South Korea attributes the unorthodox and incredible diplomatic efforts of President Trump for trailblazing these historic developments.

“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said during a CNN interview. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”

Trump has had the chutzpah to laugh in the face of foreign policy experts and follow his own instincts. His gamble is paying off. North Korea is clear to make sure that the United States understands that these feelings are very reciprocal.

“Moon Jae-In briefed the United States about the outcome of the inter-Korean summit and handed Chairman Kim Jong Un’s message to President Trump,” South Korean Ambassador Woo Yoon-keun said to Russian media outlets after a recent summit between the Koreas. “He made it clear that Kim Jong Un was determined to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump’s diplomatic overtures are building the trust that will make North Korea feel comfortable with making concessions and joining the rest of us in the 21st century.

“The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant of us,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in a speech to the UNGA on Saturday. “Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday where the men are expected to negotiate another summit between Trump and Kim. If the success continues, Trump will have created a new era of diplomatic engagement – effectively closing the door on the belligerent neoconservative consensus of the past.

Written by Shane Trejo

Shane Trejo is a contributing editor to The Schpiel.

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