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by Oui Fri May 11th, 2018 at 02:34:38 PM EST

Trump's insistence that we unilaterally withdraw from the Korean peninsula

For seven decades, the United States and South Korea have been the closest of allies. Their soldiers have served together not just on the Korean Peninsula but in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. And under America's protective umbrella, the South Korean economy has soared.

Now, as North Korea carries out a series of provocative missile and nuclear bomb tests, that alliance is straining at a time when both nations may need it more than ever.

President Trump issued a blast of antagonistic comments in the last few days that have made South Koreans doubt that they can take the alliance for granted any longer.

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On Twitter, he declared that "talking is not the answer!" in dealing with North Korea, casting aside the push by the new South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to hold talks with the North. On Saturday, he threatened to withdraw the United States from a five-year-old free trade agreement with South Korea over what he considers its unfair protectionist policies. And on Sunday, after North Korea detonated its most powerful nuclear device yet, he essentially called the South Koreans appeasers.

"South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!" Mr. Trump said on Twitter.

The tone of Mr. Trump's statements stunned officials here and underscored what unlikely partners he and Mr. Moon are, at a time when their countries' 67-year-old military alliance faces an ever-more-dangerous regime in Pyongyang.

No, it's NOT Trump`s accomplishment, rather despite of him, his arrogance and belligerence. All credits should go to the Korea partners and the talks leading up to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang ... yes, sometimes diplomacy does work!

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