|Carter greets N. Korean foreign minister|
Carter penned an editorial in the Washington Post last week in which he said the
North Korean leaders he met wanted direct talks with the United States in order to reach a final settlement of the yet unsettled Korea War that ended in stalemate. He also said that the regime is largely immune from outside influences including China's, and called for an international conference to discuss a comprehensive treaty ending the Korean conflict. President Carter was successful in negotiating a freeze of North Korea's nuclear weapon development in 1994, and the release of Aijalon Gomes in 2010. Trump, the candidate, said in 2016 he was open to talks with Kim Jong-un, but that was before the isolated regime successfully tested long-range missiles, detonated a hydrogen bomb, and Trump called Kim a "deranged rocket-man". Carter would need US government permission to travel to North Korea, even on an unofficial basis. An unofficial visit by a real statesman would be more useful than Trump's fake government by tweet; even Rex Tillerson knows that a nuclear war would be bad for business.