The S. Koreans, not unlike the Germans, Phillopinos or the Qutar gov’t, get a large benefit from having U.S. military bases in their respective countries. When some powerful folks make $$$ in S. Korea and/or the MIC spreads around the $$$ in the Philippines, someone’s ox is getting gored if that’s threatened, so to speak. $$ Cha-ching! Plus, those countries don’t have to spend their own dollars on self-defense. Isn’t that special?
It’s more than this but a very wise ol’ pol told me one very important thing decades ago; " follow the money, always be following the money ".
As to Trump & N. Korea remember, " even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while ". Again, it’s more than that. Maybe N. Korea doesn’t like Democrats because it was Truman who blew up their country, or… who really knows for sure.
However, those who don’t think there’s anything odd/funny about pursuing " peace, love and understanding " should want Trump & Kim and the rest of the involved parties, to reach consensus and find a way forward.
The rift between the Peace Democrats and the Schumer Warhawks is disappointingly familiar. As a McGovern supporter in 1972, and New Deal progressive pushing for " justice and equal treatment under the law for all ", I’ve seen this bad movie before. There are some Democratic leaders who really need to go away. Just sayin’.