Trump’s outreach to North Korea is a positive step, if he doesn’t screw it up

The idea that President Donald Trump would meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is terrifying. But it’s a far better place to be than we were when Trump was talking about starting a war.

For more than a year, the world has been left guessing about the president’s North Korea strategy or whether he had one at all. Trump leveled insults at Kim — “Little Rocket Man” — and boasted of the possibility of war — “fire and fury” — while also stating that he might be willing to meet with him. Trump administration officials and surrogates made the case that a preventive war with North Korea may be necessary while Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeatedly voiced support for diplomacy.

This article was originally published in NBC News.