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Trump Takes Credit For Talks Between North And South Korea

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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President Donald Trump asserted Thursday that his tough approach is driving North Korea to reach out to its southern neighbors for dialogue.

“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,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

After ignoring the South, North Korea suddenly offered to talk Monday. During his New Year’s address, Kim Jong Un called for improved inter-Korean relations, announcing that he is “open to dialogue” with the South. The young dictator ordered that a dormant hotline between the two Koreas be re-opened, and the two sides made contact for the first time in two years Wednesday.

While relations thawed between North and South Korea, Trump continued to engage Kim in a war of words on his favorite social media platform.

The president’s fiery tweet was in response to Kim’s comment in his New Year’s address that he has a button installed on his desk to order a nuclear strike if the country feels threatened. Trump’s tweet triggered a wave of criticism, with many questioning Trump’s mental fitness and asserting that he was going to drag the U.S. into a nuclear war.

The White House rushed to the president’s defense, stressing that the world should be more concerned about Kim’s mental state. The vice president argued that Trump was merely making a point that the U.S. will not be bullied.

Trump now claims that his tough response, which runs contrary to the desires of the so-called “fools,” is contributing to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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