Strictly due to President Donald Trump’s tough talk, the menace that remains North Korea has softened.
Barack Obama couldn’t get anything done with the rogue regime, but neither could any president before him.
Trump gets things done. And while the North Korea puzzle is far from solved, steps are being taken to ensure Kim Jong-un doesn’t get too carried away.
In a shocking twist, the North has decided to join their South Korean neighbors for the Winter Olympics.
Check this out…
From AP News:
South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.
It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women’s ice hockey team.
The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee. The South Korean ministry says the two Koreas will consult with the IOC this weekend.
More from Sky News:
North and South Korea are still technically at war with each other, as the 1950-53 conflict between the two states ended in a truce, not peace.
Representatives from both countries have been talking with each other since last week, after more than two years of silence.
The move also follows heightened tensions over the North’s missile tests, nuclear weapons programme and its regular threats to destroy its neighbours.
Despite a slight thawing of tensions, Japan has warned that the world should not be naive about the North’s “charm offensive”.
“It is not the time to ease pressure or to reward North Korea,” foreign minister Taro Kono said.
“The fact that North Korea is engaging in dialogue could be interpreted as proof that the sanctions are working.”
Reaction to news of a joint Olympic team has been mixed in North Korea, with some athletes not happy about competing with their neighbours.
More than 100 petitions have been sent to South Korea’s presidential Blue House website opposing a joint Olympics team.
The most popular has more than 11,000 signatures, with one person writing: “This isn’t the same as gluing a broken plate together”.
The liberal media need not kid themselves. This happened because of Trump.
Plain and simple.
North Korea isn’t exactly playing nice with Trump, though.
The US Air Force has deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Guam, according to US Pacific Air Forces, adding more firepower to the region just hours after North Korean state media mocked President Donald Trump’s tweet referencing the size of his nuclear button as the “spasm of a lunatic.”
B-52 bombers provide additional nuclear and conventional mission capability to a subtly growing American military presence in the region amid ongoing talks between North and South Korea.
Officially, the deployment is part of the US military’s effort to maintain a “continuous bomber presence” in the Pacific, but the timing coincides with ongoing talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]