US and North Korea agree to restart nuclear talks

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US and North Korea agree to restart nuclear talks
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US and North Korea agree to restart nuclear talks
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The United States and North Korea have agreed to restart negotiations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. The development follows President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone over the weekend. President Trump became the first sitting US President to step foot in North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae In called the latest meeting between President Trump and Kim Jon Un the “start of an era of peace.” While the G20 summit was taking place in Japan, President Trump extended an offer via Twitter to meet with the North Korean leader at the DMZ. Moon complimented President Trump’s “unprecedented” decision to extend the invitation through Twitter and Kim Jong Un’s “bold” choice to accept it.

Kim Jong Un and President Trump briefly greeted each other at the DMZ for a handshake before the American leader stepped over the small stone curb separating North and South Korea. The two leaders followed up the historic event with a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly an hour. North Korean state media has been reporting favorably on the developments, calling the meeting “an amazing event.”

The two leaders last met in February in Vietnam during their second summit. However, President Trump cut the meeting short due to major disagreements in negotiations with the North Koreans. Optimists around the world are hoping this round of peace negotiations will result in a significant de-escalation of conflict in the region.

President Trump is facing criticism from the left and the right following his decision to meet with Kim Jong Un once again. His critics say the meetings only serve to legitimize a ruthless dictator.  Democratic politicians, especially those running for president, have been particularly critical of the president’s strategy.

President Trump’s supporters seem to approve of his handling of North Korea and Kim Jong Un, judging by reactions on social media. Even some on the left have praised the president’s unique style of conducting foreign policy. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang broke with many in his party when he recently tweeted some words of support for how President Trump has engaged with North Korea.

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