(USA Features) South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview published last week that he is urging President Joe Biden to re-establish U.S. relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and continue diplomatic efforts begun under his predecessor, President Donald Trump.
“I hope that Biden will go down as a historic president that has achieved substantive and irreversible progress for the complete denuclearization and peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula,” Moon told The New York Times.
If the current administration builds on Trump’s progress, “we will see this effort come to fruition under Biden’s leadership,” Moon said.
During his term, Trump met personally with Kim a number of times, including on the heavily armed border separating North and South Korea, in Vietnam, and in Singapore.
“Though he failed to reach any signaled deal,” writes Just the News, “Kim during Trump’s four years in office curtailed the test launches during that period.”
Moon, elected in 2017, has prioritized ending the technical state of war between both countries, which has existed since the North invaded the South in June 1950. An armistice was signed in July 1953. More than 36,500 U.S. troops were killed.
Trump issued a statement about the two Korean leaders on Friday.
“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who I have gotten to know (and like) under the most trying of circumstances, never respected the current President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in,” he said.
“I was always the one that stopped the aggression toward the South, but unfortunately for them, I am no longer there,” Trump added. “President Moon was weak as a leader and as a negotiator, except when it came to the continued, long term military ripoff of the USA.”
Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader since the end of the Korean War.