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Defusing tensions 

Mar 10,2018 - Last updated at Mar 10,2018

The thawing of relations between North Korea and South Korea over the past few days threatens to leave US President Donald Trump and his bellicose words against Pyongyang and its leader Kim Jong-un out in the cold.

President Trump is doing catch up with the easing of relations between the two Korean countries, and is giving himself and his threats to deploy nuclear weapons against North Korea and to wipe it off the face of the earth credit for the rapid relaxation of relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.

In fact, the warming up of relations between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un proves that blood is thicker than political differences, except perhaps in the Arab world where everything appears to be thicker than blood!

It is true that North Korea is asking for a lot in return for relinquishing its nuclear arsenals and freezing its nuclear programme, including the denuclearlisation of the entire Korean Peninsula and ending of all threats, mainly from Washington against its territorial integrity and security.

President Trump has, of course, his own condition to end the state of war between his country and North Korea. Trump wants the North Korean leader to "de-nuke" his country first before any serious talks can be held between Pyongyang and Washington.

What if North Korea also insists on "de-nuking" US forces in the Korean neighbourhood! Something in the order of quid pro quo between the two sides on their respective nuclear weapons in the area would appear logical and make good common sense.

That would be the sane and fair way to go about defusing the tension between them.

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