Is Trump signaling changes in policy toward N. Korea?

트럼프 "김정은과 매우 좋은 관계인 듯" 대북정책 변화양상 조짐 보이나?

After sharply escalating tensions through months of verbal sparring with Kim Jong-un..., Donald Trump's latest comments turned heads for a different reason.
That the American president may be taking a different stance on the regime and its leader.
Lee Jeong-yeon turned to some experts for their take on the change in tone.
Judging by recent comments from U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington might appear to be taking a more open stance toward Pyongyang.
Trump said on Thursday, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that he probably has "very good relations" with Kim, stressing that he does indeed have "relationships with people."
This raises questions about whether a shift is underway in America's North Korea policy,... since the comments are in stark contrast to his more provocative choice phrases like "fire and fury," or calling its leader, "little rocket man."
But experts say the latest comments, though different, do not signal a change in policy.

(Korean- )
"Trump changes his words according to the situation. So if North Korea refuses to negotiate the nuclear issue or makes another provocation, his attitude could flip 180 degrees and then we'd see him play the 'more pressure and sanctions' card."

The expert adds that since the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics could be used as a platform for peaceful dialogue,... Trump's latest comments might be a strategic way of bringing North Korea to the discussion table.
Also, with the inter-Korean high-level talks that took place on Tuesday, experts think Trump is choosing his words more carefully.

(English)
It doesn't look like President Trump changed his mind on North Korea... but tactically he doesn't want to antagonize North Korea this time, because South and North Korea, the talks between the two countries are in progress.

In the interview, Trump said his past attitude toward Kim Jong-un was all part of a broader strategy. But the general opinion of pundits is that Trump plays it by ear and that his latest comments were what he deemed strategically necessary in the current situation.
Lee Jeong-yeon, Arirang News

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