Daily The Hindu Editorial vocabulary
U.S. President Donald Trump made history on Sunday when he stepped on (पर कदम रखा) to North Korean soil from the demilitarized (असैनिकीकरण किया हुआ) zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas. He is the only American President to have visited North Korea, the isolated (अलग), nuclear-armed dictatorship (तानाशाही) that is historically seen as an enemy in Washington’s policy establishment. The President’s surprise announcement, via Twitter, that he was ready to visit the DMZ to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was typical (नमूने का) of Mr. Trump, who enjoys conducting off-the-cuff (without preparation) personal diplomacy. North Korea seized the opportunity, and both leaders met at the DMZ, held talks for nearly an hour and decided to resume parleys (बातचीत) that have stalled (बन्द) since the two leaders’ failed summit in Hanoi. Mr. Trump deserves credit for infusing (उत्तेजित करना) fresh life into the nuclear negotiations. His intervention (हस्तक्षेप) came at a time when North Koreans were growing impatient (अधीर) over lack of progress in the matter of ties. In recent weeks, they had personally attacked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and targeted the South Korean leadership over the sanctions and the logjam (गतिरोध) in talks. Now that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have met and decided to set up teams on both sides to hold negotiations, the impasse (गतिरोध, stalemate) is broken. But key challenges remain.