After having gotten much criticism for his interactions with North Korea, the regime’s recent openness to dialogue is also thanks to President Trump, infers Charlie Campbell of Time. He played the perfect ‘bad cop’ to Moon Jae-in’s ‘good cop.’ Stepping up sanctions and ensuring that other countries enacted them too was a big blow to Kim Jong-un. Particularly the way Trump leaned on China in this process proved to be effective, as it is involved in around 90% of the regime’s trade. North Korea coming to the table isn’t a solid victory, but the president deserves praise for his hand in getting things this far.
North Korea engaging in new talks with South Korea is far from the diplomatic victory some have painted it as, suggests Jon B. Wolfsthal of The Atlantic. President Trump’s posturing has so deeply worried South Korea that it is going on its own path to peace with the regime. His words may have unsettled his allies more than his enemies on the peninsula. North Korea could try to get the most out of this dialogue with South Korea and then refuse to give up its nuclear weapons anyway. Before that, the US must ensure that it embraces the regime’s olive branch or it will risk alienating South Korea even more.