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.