In a drastic change of events, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has now invited Donald Trump to Pyongyang for diplomatic talks, and simultaneously agreed to suspend any upcoming North Korean missile tests, which have been a thorn in the side of every democratic nation within striking distance of the isolated peninsular country.
The invitation comes on the heels of what most consider to have been a successful diplomatic experiment at the PeyongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, which was attended by Vice President Mike Pence, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — as well as Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader.
The South Koreans were eager to arrange the talks, which mark the first signs of diplomacy between the neighboring countries in nearly six and a half decades.
And surprising the world perhaps even more than the olive branch from North Korea was Donald Trump’s acceptance of the offer. Trump is known least of all for his diplomatic skills, preferring instead to call names on Twitter and draw up penis size comparisons. Just two months ago, Trump sent a baffling tweet that confounded the world:
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
Many experts on North Korea believe that Kim has been planning this perhaps for months. The young leader is not necessarily cut from the same cloth as his father, and especially not his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, who founded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a misnomer from day one.
Surely none expect that Trump will successfully negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea, although if the country does elect to drop their nuclear program, Trump is certain to take all of the credit for it.
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