South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha appeared to stun CNN's Christiane Amanpour when she offered that it was President Trump who deserved much of the credit for the surprising advance of the cause of peace in the Korean peninsula.
Here's what she said to Amanpour
"Are you surprised by how quickly this moment has arrived," asked Amanpour.
"Let's face it, just four months ago Kim Jong Un was talking about pressing nuclear buttons from his desk," she continued, "and President Trump was responding in kind."
"I feel like somebody stepped on the accelerator at the beginning of the year, and it's been non-stop since then," said the foreign minister.
"How do you account for it?" Amanpour asked.
“Clearly credit goes to President Trump. He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one,” she explained.
“At the end, the message was that North Korea will not be accepted, never be accepted, as a nuclear power,” Kang added. “But if you change course, there’s a better future and that we are offering to work with you.”
Amanpour tweeted the video of the exchange
South Korea’s Foreign Minister tells me in Seoul that “clearly credit goes to President Trump” for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one,” Kang Kyung-wha says.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) April 26, 2018
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After months of increasingly belligerent threats and missile tests, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un decided to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to declare that they would be seeking "complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free" Korean peninsula.
Some critics of the president have claimed his belittling tweets against Kim Jong Un was risking a nuclear war, but supporters point to the recent peace developments as proof that the president is succeeding in mollifying North Korea.