Trump Credits His Firmness for Potential Korea Talks, Signals Olympic Concession


Global News Blog Summary: For the first time since taking office, United States President Donald Trump described potential talks between North and South Korea as “a good thing.” In response to a New Year’s message Tweeted by Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea has been considering extending a diplomatic hand to their neighbors in the north. President Moon Jae-in hoped these inter-Korean talks would lead to good results in anticipation of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be held in South Korea. P.O.T.U.S. Trump also agreed to halt scheduled joint military drills in South Korea during the Olympic games. Though it is too early to say if North Korea’s offer to speak with South Korea is a genuine olive branch, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis noted that the potential talks are the likely the result of intense international pressure.