moon jae inSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in attends a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, January 10, 2018. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that President Donald Trump “did a lot” to help facilitate the bilateral talks with North Korea.
  • Moon, who grinned during his response, amused other reporters in the room.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attributed the recent warming relations between his country and North Korea to the US President Donald Trump during a New Year’s press conference at the Presidential Blue House on Wednesday.

Asked by a reporter whether Trump deserved credit for helping to facilitate the talks — the first dialogue between North and South Korea in over two years — Moon grinned and said that he believed the US president “did a lot” and said that he wanted to “convey his thanks.”