President Trump’s decision to tempt fate by continuing joint military training exercises with South Korea and trying to push Kim Jong-un, has damaged the peace process significantly, reports Fabian Hamilton of The Independent. This was a unique chance for reconciliation with the regime that is now gone. North Korea had made unprecedented concessions in releasing three US hostages, officially ending the war with South Korea and agreeing to destroy at least some of its nuclear facilities. Advised by the aggressive John Bolton, Trump provocative stance crashed the proposed talks. This hurts peace in the region.
The peace process with North Korea is not dead as renewed talks with South Korea showed, even after President Trump pulled out of a future meeting, writes The Economist. Kim Jong-un has signaled that he still views better relations as important. Even though complete denuclearization is complicated, the North Korea leader has indicated an openness to the idea. In fact, the harsh rhetoric coming from the White House may have spooked him into wanting peace more, not less. Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president has continued dialogue with the regime while Trump says a meeting in June is still possible.