South Korea Creates Government Office Specifically To Watch Trump’s Tweets

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South Korea appointed a Twitter officer to monitor President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ North American Affairs Bureau assigned an officer to keep an eye on Trump’s tweets, particularly those related to Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula, reports the Korea JoongAng Daily.

“The Korean government is still in the process of building ties with Trump and does not have a lot of insight into his foreign policies—like most of the world,” the media outlet commented, “His 140-character posts are currently the most effective insight into policies of the incoming administration.”

Trump tweeted about North Korea Monday.

He then blasted China in a follow-up tweet.

China criticized Trump’s “Twitter diplomacy.”

“Foreign policy is not child’s play,” Xinhua News Agency explained in a commentary Tuesday.” Twitter should not be used as an instrument of foreign policy.”

While some are displeased with Trump’s tweets, others are adapting to the incoming president’s preferred medium for communication, viewing them as tools to gain insight into Trump’s intentions.

South Korea expressed praise for Trump’s comments, stating that Trump had issued a “clear warning” to North Korea.

South Korea was previously concerned that Trump might put less emphasis on the North Korean nuclear threat, but Trump’s tweet shed some light on Trump’s plans.

Trump is “clearly aware of the gravity and urgency of the North Korean nuclear threat,” South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Cho June-hyuck said during a press briefing. He is “maintaining an unwavering stance on the need for sanctions on North Korea and for close cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.”

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se does not use Twitter, but all major policy issues tweeted out by Trump are reported immediately.

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