Will 'Rocket Man' give up his rockets? 🚀

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North and South Korea had a chat

After a South Korean delegation met with Kim Jong Un and his advisors, they’ve reported that the North Korean leader is willing to open a diplomatic relationship with the US.
 

The deets

According to Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s National Security Director, Kim said the North was open to denuclearization in exchange for assurance that its national security and leadership would be protected. In the meantime, the North said it would halt all nuclear activities while talks were ongoing.



The optimists believe that this is a step in the right direction. Although Trump admits this might be “false hope”, he states “We’re in very close contact. We have come, certainly, a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea”. Optimists claim this sign of progress comes as a result of Trump applying pressure through economic sanctions on North Korea. 

The skeptics believe this whole thing is a ruse and fits North Korea’s playbook that they’ve used in the past. They claim this is Kim’s way of extracting concessions from the US and ultimately not honoring their end of the bargain. By the way, this was a common tactic used by Kim’s pops, Kim Jong-Il. Another reason why they’re skeptical is that all the info they’ve received so far only came from South Korea; no announcement from the North has been made. 


Friend or foe?

If Kim Jong Un is genuine in his intentions, it would represent a major victory for Team Trump, accomplishing something previous presidents couldn’t get done.And let’s be honest, whether or not this is a ploy by the North, it's better than the two leaders calling each other “Rocketman” and “dotard”. 

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