While President Trump does deserve some credit for having taken a harsher stance on North Korea, the current dialogues should mainly be attributed to South Korean president Moon Jae-in, China, and Kim Jong-un himself, infers Debra Killalea of News.com. Crucially, no solid peace has yet been established; North Korea may be using the talks to extract concessions with the plan of pulling out once change is demanded of it. Furthermore, agreeing to meet is a victory for Kim Jong-un, as it legitimizes his regime. Leaders that claim Trump deserves a Nobel Prize are simply flattering him to avoid getting on his bad side.
President Trump deserves a huge amount of credit for the historically positive engagement with North Korea, writes Stephen Collinson of CNN. While peace may not have been secured, the recent progress comes after decades of gridlock. Trump did this by enacting tough sanctions and applying strong pressure on China to comply. This cut off North Korea’s income and forced its back to the wall. It was probably also intimidated by the president’s tough rhetoric, as was China. While it is unsure which factor was decisive, Trump’s aggressive strategy on North Korea contributed to the current situation. He deserves praise for this.