by Post Editorial Board · January 11, 2018
For all the horror over President Trump’s “fire and fury” tough talk on North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is giving him “big credit” for diplomatic success.
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South Korea’s leader gave President Trump props on Wednesday, saying…
Pyongyang and Seoul this week met for the first time in over two years to talk. One early fruit of the discussions: The North agreed Tuesday to send athletes to next month’s Olympics in South Korea.
“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks,” Moon said Wednesday. “It could be a resulting work of the US-led sanctions and pressure.”
His special adviser for foreign affairs and national security, Chung-in Moon, “100 percent” agreed: “Were it not for President Trump’s pressures, North Korea would not have come to South Korea.”
The praise is a far cry from all of the loud concern over Trump’s “irresponsible” rhetoric — and not just from the pundit class.
Obama-era Secretary of State John Kerry warned in November, “The rhetoric to date has frankly stepped over the line.” Earlier, the top foreign-policy parliamentarian for Britain’s Labor Party, Emily Thornberry, demanded a “deliberate de-escalation of rhetoric and actions.”
It’s early yet; North Korea has a long way to go before the crisis is over. But it sure looks like the president has a better handle than his critics on handling “Little Rocket Man.”