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Saturday, January 20, 2018

SEOUL -- Even before he was elected South Korea's president eight months ago, Moon Jae-in was vowing to take the "driver's seat" in global efforts to deal with North Korea.

But as the inter-Korean talks have shown this week, it's clearly Kim Jong Un who's steering, although Moon could fairly claim to be riding shotgun.

It's Kim who's decided when the Koreas will talk and what they will talk about. As for President Trump? Well, he could be said to be in the back, going along for the ride.

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But Trump, a former businessman who prides himself on being a masterful negotiator, is claiming -- and getting -- most of the credit for the sudden burst of Olympics-related diplomacy between the two Koreas.

During a Jan. 4 phone call in which the South Korean leader briefed the American president on the plans for talks with North Korea, Trump asked Moon to publicly give him the credit for creating the environment for the talks, according to people familiar with the conversation.

(In these conversations, Trump calls his counterpart "Jae-in" -- an unimaginable informality in Korean business etiquette. Moon calls Trump "Mr. President.")

Later that night, Trump tweeted that the talks wouldn't be happening "if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might' against the North."

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"Chun Yung-woo, a hawkish national security adviser, said this short-term reprieve could lead to longer term problems.

"Once all the diplomatic options have been exhausted," Chun said, "Moon will have even fewer options left for dealing with North Korea."

That, analysts say, could embolden Trump aides like national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who argues that time for dealing with North Korea is running out. And it will be much harder then for Moon to flatter Trump into thinking otherwise."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 09:11 PM | Reply

Does Trump want to be a Wartime President like Bush Jr. did?

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-20 09:43 PM | Reply

Of course he does. The "product roll-out" is scheduled for August of next year. He has to nuke, or at least attack the wrong country before then.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 10:07 PM | Reply

America sits inactive as these lunatics lead us to disaster. It's time for action, we need major protests about our misguided foreign policies. We should bombard N. Korea with food, fuel and clothing. We are trying to deal with that nation using a siege mentality, we can't starve N. Korea into submission because until the hunger reaches Kim Jung Un it doesn't affect decision makers. Moon is taking the right direction and should not let Trump change his focus and he should not let Trump take any credit either.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 06:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's time for action, we need major protests about our misguided foreign policies.

Yeah, that'll show them.

/snark

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-21 11:45 AM | Reply

Does Trump want to be a Wartime President like Bush Jr. did?

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-20 09:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tump just wants two scoops. And cake. Lots of chocolate cake.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-22 02:38 PM | Reply

Trump is talking to the moon now?

Wake me when it answers him.

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-23 11:50 AM | Reply

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