President Donald Trump has said that his leadership helped to avoid a third global conflict, initiated by escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, by opening talks with the nuclear-armed East Asian state’s young ruler.
Trump told a cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday that a “big fat war in Asia” was narrowly avoided by the unprecedented U.S.-North Korea dialogue being pursued by the Trump administration, The Washington Post reported. Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un sat down for the first direct meeting of its kind in June and have since begun to forge a historic deal to disarm North Korea’s nuclear weapons in exchange for peace and sanctions relief.
One year since threatening nuclear war, Trump said Wednesday that he and Kim were getting along and planned a second summit in the near future, according to Reuters.
Trump should be given credit for preserving world peace through his North Korea policy. Days after meeting Kim in Singapore, Trump said that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, “got nowhere with North Korea and would have had to go to war with many millions of people being killed.”