South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that President Trump deserves to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and end the decades-long war between the North and South.
His planned meeting with Kim will be the crucial follow-up to the summit between Kim and Moon on Friday where they pledged to seek a formal end this year to the Korean War - a conflict that was halted in 1953 by an armistice and not a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war.
Kavi Chongkittavorn is a veteran journalist on regional affairs. "If it doesn't work out well, that's the way it goes", the US President said. Seoul hailed Kim's offer, and a series of meetings made it possible for North Korea to participate in the Games.
The White House has not yet announced an official date or location for the proposed summit, but it follows last week's first-ever meeting between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In.
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These days, it is easy to find citizens and political analysts in South Korea who mouth something few would have imagined a few months ago: support for giving Trump, Kim and Moon the Nobel Prize together should they achieve lasting peace.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Mr Trump would maintain a "pressure campaign" of harsh sanctions on North Korea until Kim scraps his nuclear weapon program.
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If they were genuinely grateful to Trump, they were also seen as stoking the ego of the impulsive U.S. leader so that he would continue to support South Korea's efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis through dialogue.
Trump's seemingly conciliatory tone toward the North Korean dictator stands in stark contrast to Trump's comments past year about the country's nuclear tests in which he called Kim Jong Un "rocket man".
"There's something that I like about it because you're there, you're actually there where, if things work out, there's a celebration to be had on the site, not in a third party country", said Trump.
South Korea is banking on a strategy of shameless flattery to get what it wants from President Trump.
And just last month, at a bilateral summit at Trump's Mar-a-lago estate, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showered praise on the US leader for his role in the North Korean crisis. But by positioning Trump as the ultimate man of peace, as the master negotiator Trump portrays himself has (despite very limited evidence to back it up), Moon is hoping to nudge the US president away from confrontation, and toward tangible peacemaking achievements.
Moon found Kim forthright and courteous, they said.
He has been accused of ruthlessly executing scores of aging generals and party elite members, including his own uncle.