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WaPo Ed Board Gives Trump Credit: ‘Maximum Pressure’ Working on N. Korea

The Washington Post editorial board, often at odds with President Trump, inched toward giving him credit on Tuesday for recent breakthroughs in North Korea.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2018 @11:00am
WaPo Ed Board Gives Trump Credit: ‘Maximum Pressure’ Working on N. Korea

The Washington Post editorial board cannot be called a friend of the president. However, the board is giving President Trump some credit for recent breakthroughs in North Korea, even arguing the Trump doctrine of “maximum pressure” may be working.

THE SOUTH KOREAN government on Tuesday announced an apparent diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea: agreement by the government of Kim Jong Un to discuss dismantlement of its nuclear program with the United States, and to suspend further warhead and missile tests while talks continue. If confirmed by the Pyongyang regime, the shift of position would mark a success for the Trump administration’s policy of applying “maximum pressure” to North Korea and open the possibility of a needed reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Add to the Post‘s editorial two recent op-eds, one in TIME and one in Bloomberg.

TIME‘s Charlie Campbell wrote “it would be churlish not to also recognize the contribution of the ‘bad cop’ [on North Korea]: U.S. President Donald Trump.”

But it would be churlish not to also recognize the contribution of the “bad cop”: U.S. President Donald Trump, who has turned up the heat on North Korea with ever tighter rounds of sanctions, and badgered historic ally China to isolate the 25 million-strong Stalinist state.

“The Trump administration deserves credit for increasing the pressure and deepening even further the alienation between China and North Korea,” says Professor John Delury, an East Asia expert at Yonsei Univeristy in Seoul. “And globally, there have been a lot of bilateral relationships where Trump has put North Korea at the top of the agenda.”

And Bloomberg‘s Kathleen Hunter wrote Trump’s infamous “fire and fury” threat “may have helped nudge Kim Jong Un toward the negotiating table, but the hard work is still to come.”

Few diplomats or analysts believe the latest development will deliver a denuclearized Korean peninsula in exchange for the U.S. security guarantees suggested as a basis for talks. The Kim dynasty has a history of dangling the prospect of a negotiated settlement on its nuclear arsenal, and then walking away after winning concessions.

Still, without Trump’s threats, North Korea’s supreme leader might not have moved this far.

Is a new day dawning in U.S.-North Korea relations? Time will tell, but if North Korea denuclearizes in the Trump era, America may have “fire and fury” in part to thank.

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