Filipina-American Arianna Caramat has been teaching in South Korea for a year now.
According to her, the current socio-political climate has changed since president Donald Trump has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I know in the beginning there has been some initial aggression towards trump especially during the nuclear talks; however, I believe that their attitudes have settled since then,” says Caramat.
Caramat adds that there are more mixed feelings since Trump agreed to stop the war games between the US and South Korea, during the negotiations of denuclearization with North Korea.
“There are a percentage of Koreans who don’t want American intervention; however, there are a percentage of Koreans who do see American involvement as something crucial.”
Meanwhile in Leesburg, Virginia, North Korean defectors and human rights activists had their own reservations.
“Kim Jong Un is a liar and hypocrite,” said Park Sang Hak. “I hope Trump will be wise in terms of what he does or what he says in terms of Kim Jong Un.”
“If he really means business and really wants to improve the lives of his people, he should listen to the U.S. side, to what president Trump is saying in terms of a complete, verifiable irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear program and in turn, the U.S. will guarantee, as was stated before, different types of help and support for the regime and help for the people,” said Henry Song.
Trump and Kim signed a joint statement — however, it excluded human rights, to which Trump has called Kim out on in the past.
“It all depends on Trump – how he does things. I really hope, I really pray that he gives human rights to North Koreans so that they’re free,” said Justin Kim.
As far as the North Korean leader making a trip to the US, Trump says, “At the right time, he’ll absolutely be coming to the White House.”