“If Trump wants to avoid a missile crisis, he may have to invite Kim Jong-un to the White House,” writes Kim Sengupta, a defense correspondent for The Independent who made his observations Tuesday following North Korea’s unsettling test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile from mobile equipment.
“Pyongyang’s key aim has always been to have direct bilateral talks with the U.S., something that successive administrations in Washington have steadfastly refused,” Mr. Sengupta continued.
“During his presidential election campaign Trump had stated that he would be prepared to receive Kim Jong-un in Washington and ‘have hamburgers with him — What the hell is wrong with speaking? And you know what? It’s called opening a dialogue.’ Trump was derided across the American political spectrum, but North Korea’s state media praised him as ‘a very wise politician,’” Mr. Sengupta later concluded. “Now, with the military option seemingly off the table, and economic sanctions having little impact, Trump may well find that ‘hamburger diplomacy’ is the way to fulfill his pledge that North Korea will not have nuclear missiles which can hit America.”