Robert B. Murrett Speaks to Brazilian Media About Trump’s Visit to Asia

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(Estadão Jornal Digital | Nov. 8, 2017)

… The President of the Republic of Korea today arrives in Beijing from South Korea. After saying that it was a “waste of time” to talk to North Korea last month, the American adopted a diplomatic tone and invited Pyongyang to “sit at the table” to discuss the nuclear issue. “I think we’re making a lot of progress, I think we’re showing great strength. I think they understand that we have unparalleled strength,” Trump told a news conference alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “In the end, this will work.”

Deputy Director of the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, Robert Murrett evaluated the change in the president’s tone as an attempt to reduce tension in the region. The South Korean president was elected on a platform that advocates negotiation with Pyongyang and rejects any military confrontation. Trump’s bellicose rhetoric was not well received by the South Korean population, who would be directly hit in a possible war. Research by Pew Research has shown that two-thirds of South Korean respondents consider Trump to be “dangerous.”

Murrett recalled that the issue of North Korea will be at the center of Trump’s agenda in Beijing. “Any kind of action against North Korea has to include the Chinese.” …

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