North Korea Expert Breaks Down Why Trump’s Visit to the Hermit Nation May Have Been a ‘Genius Move’

The senior director of Korean studies for the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI) lauded President Donald Trump‘s visit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in the communist nation as a “genius move.”

During an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” CFTNI Korean Studies Director Harry Kazianis gave the president props for his historic meeting with Kim, where he became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in the small communist nation.

Kazianis declared Trump’s visit to be a “genius move” by him and his administration and that he believes the move is to open up “new ways” to “engage” with the Kim regime after the U.S. and North Korea were “on the brink of essentially a nuclear war” just two years ago.

He went on to say that he believes the two nations are “closer to a deal” regarding North Korea’s nuclear capabilities than ever before.

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“We now have a president who is essentially pen pals with Kim Jong Un,” Kazianis said. “I know a lot of people don’t like that — and I don’t blame them, to be honest with you — but I think we’re a lot closer to a deal today than we’ve ever been.

“And I actually do think the North Koreans will engage with us and we will make that deal happen,” Kazianis added. “We’ll have to see, but I think we’re close.”

Kazianis’s comments came after Trump paid a visit to Kim in the Hermit Kingdom on Sunday.

The two nations’ leaders agreed to resume nuclear talks after a period of stalling.

“The top leaders of the two countries agreed to keep in close touch in the future, too, and resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and in the bilateral relations,” the North Korean state media said.

The new development could signal a potential deal between the two nations regarding North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

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Tom Bodine
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Beats the hell out of giving them loads of cash, an Obama tactic, or shooting it out, a Bush tactic, so all you hawks just cool your heels and go to the range for a few hours.

Mark
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Trump is courageous. Period.

william jackson
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Good job Trump!

James
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Only another great President – Ronald Reagan – would have been able to accomplish what Trump has with regards to negotiating with the enemy. NONE of those between #40 and #45 had the backbone or willingness to fight for America.

Wes Kruse
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Wes Kruse

Like I said, Trump is going at this like a business deal.

djr4nger
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djr4nger

I think Trump drawing Kim out of his hermit kingdom and onto the world stage is a brilliant strategy. Appeal to his ego and let him see the benefits of engaging with other world leaders. Each handshake takes us further away from a military conflict and ensuing human disaster. Nothing else has worked in 70 years. And to all the Trump haters – you’re not going to support anything he does anyway.

Caryl
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Caryl

It was really a bold and gutsy move by President Trump to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-Un with practically no security men on his side as he walked to meet NK’s Supreme leader at the DMZ. I also agree with Mr. Kazianis that it was a “genius move” by President Trump in the hope to resume a face-to-face dialogue about the stalled Hanoi confab for the purpose of bringing world peace with dignity and respect of both countries, which is generally favorable to its neighbor in the South headed by President Moon Jae-In and the Korean Peninsula as a whole.… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

President Trump and Kim Jong Un could come up with the most solid, secure agreement ever invented by mankind, and yet Trump’s detractors would still gripe and grumble. There is no hope for the detractors as long as they consider themselves the “resistance” and nay-say everything. Given that, Trump must forge ahead and see what he can accomplish in the say of a deal. He gets an A+ for the old college try, IMO.

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