South Korea welcomes Kim’s dialogue offer
Continuing his verbal spat against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump has taunted and warned about his country’s nuclear capabilities saying his “Nuclear Button is much bigger and more powerful than his and his button works”.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
His tweet was in response to a New Year message from Kim Jong Un announcing completion of his country’s nuclear program and saying US cannot dare to attack his country. He had also said that Nuclear Button is always on his table.
Kim in his New Year’s Day address said, “The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office. They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality.”
Meanwhile, Kim extended olive branch towards his immediate rival South Korea by expressing desire for “peaceful resolution” of their differences. This was a rare gesture he ever displayed.
Trump was not expecting such a gesture from Kim and could not evolve proper response. In his immature response, Trump said the potentially gesture to South Korea is “perhaps” good news, “perhaps not” and referred to “sanctions and other pressures” on North Korea.
More formal response from Washington came from White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders saying that US approach to North Korea had not changed: continues to regard North Korea as a global threat and seeks an international solution by keeping “all of our options on the table.”
The present tension between US and North Korea has been drastically escalated after Donald Trump occupied White House early 2017. The biggest ever nuclear test and repeated test fire of Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) by North Korea made the situation worse.
During the ongoing tension Trump made several provoking comments against Kim Jong Un. At one time he publicly criticised his own Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson by saying “It was a waste of time for Secretary of State to negotiate with North Korea” and referred Kim as “little Rocket Man”. Earlier Tillerson had expressed hope to de-escalate the standoff through talks.
At one stage Kim called Trump as “dotard” while US President tweeted that he would “NEVER” call him “short and fat” and that he “may be some day” become Kim’s friend.
Meanwhile South Korea has welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s apparent willingness to enter into dialogue and even participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang-South Korea.
According to Sheetal Sukhija, a Dubai based Big News Network journalist, South Korean President Moon Jae, while speaking at a cabinet meeting in Seoul on Tuesday, welcomed Kim Jong Un’s willingness to enter into dialogue and call for swift measures to help North Korea participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. She wrote her report from Seoul which was published in Pyongyang based North Korea Times on Wednesday.
South Korean leader Jae In described his North Korean counterpart’s remarks “as a response to our proposal to turn the Pyeongchang Olympic Games into an epoch-making opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace.”
Seizinge the opportunity, South Korean leader said that he would ask the Unification Ministry, responsible for inter-Korean relations, and Ministry of Culture and Sports “to quickly come up with follow-up measures for the speedy restoration of South-North Korean dialogue and realize the North Korean delegation’s participation in the Pyeonchang Olympics.”
Observers believe that emergence of dialogue between North and South Korea would be a challenge for US President Donald Trump’s team. South Korea has asked US several times not to start war with North Korea without their consent. The new scenario will “harm” Washington’s arms selling spree under Donald Trump, it is believed.