Well fancy that:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a dinner for senior South Korean delegates – the first time officials from Seoul have met the young leader since he took office in 2011.
The South Korean president’s office confirmed the meeting shortly after the delegates’ arrival on Monday.
The 10-member team is in Pyongyang for talks partly aimed at restarting dialogue between the North and the US.
Relations between the Koreas have warmed following last month’s Olympics.
In an unprecedented move, the South Korean delegation includes two ministerial-level envoys – intelligence chief Suh Hoon and National Security adviser Chung Eui-yong.
During the two-day visit, the South Korean group will focus on establishing conditions for talks aimed at getting rid of the North’s nuclear weapons as well as dialogue between the US and Pyongyang.
A couple of months ago we were told Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea and juvenile tweeting was bringing the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. Turns out bitch-slapping Rocketman has given him pause for thought.
This subject came up on BBC news this morning, and a discussion took place between the presenter and guest that went approximately as follows:
Presenter: Doesn’t this show that talking is more productive than threats?
Guest: Well, in all honesty I think Donald Trump has forced the North Koreans to resume talks.
Presenter: Really? But…
Guest: Yes, I think this is down to Donald Trump.
Presenter: But don’t you think it has more to do with the tightening of sanctions, and the UN?
Guest: Yes, but it was Trump that tightened the sanctions and brought the issue of North Korea to the UN to begin with.
Presenter: Oh. Really, but don’t you think…
Guest: Yes, really, I know it’s an unpopular view, but I think the reason North Korea is now cooperating is because of Donald Trump.
Presenter, looking as though she’s eaten a turd: Okay, well moving on…