The Koreas got the full-on treatment from President Donald Trump's reality TV show approach to leadership and diplomacy this past week. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of articles have emerged since Trump's decision last Thursday to cancel the June 12th summit with Kim Jong Un, which he almost as quickly began trying to resurrect. Beyond the tick-tock… Continue reading Reposted from May 30: Putting aside the tweet by tweet drama, here are the articles that showed the ball moving:
The climactic letdown happened when President Trump met reporters after his Oval Office visit with Kim Yong Chol on Friday. There, he said the June 12 summit was back on and that it would be the start of a process, rather than something that produces a bargain that changes North Korea's nuclear program and life… Continue reading The Korea Shock ended June 1. The Trump-Kim summit will be an anticlimax.
All the media walk-ups, curtain-raising commentary, tweets, posturing by North Korea and President Trump sure made it seem like Trump's meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday was going to be pivotal. After it happened, the air seemed to come out of the whole thing. A day later, it's unknown what happened in… Continue reading That was sure a lot of buildup for the Trump-Moon meeting, and then not much got said after it
My guess back in late March when President Trump made the off-the-wall-ish comments tying progress in the renegotiation of the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement and talks with North Korea was that he realized that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were not aligned in their goals for dealing with Pyongyang. Plenty of people… Continue reading Tuesday is the turning point. I thought Trump could see through Moon but it’s clear now that he didn’t…
Watching Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and evening U.S. time was definitely the most fun since the Korea Shock on March 8. For the first time since then, North Korea took control of the story. Until now, almost everything we've heard about from North Korea has been through the filter of someone else. South Korean officials,… Continue reading North Korea grabs the narrative for the first time, but it has always had the cards
Yonhap's coverage of the chatfest at CSIS yesterday focused on the comment by Joseph Yun -- who retired recently from a long diplomatic career with stints in Seoul, an ambassadorship to Thailand and ended as North Korea liaison -- that denuclearization should come before a peace treaty. One of the misses so far by the… Continue reading Sequencing could be the next issue to get batted around publicly
In less than a week, the issue that has lurked behind President Trump's drive to talk to North Korea -- his desire to reduce U.S. troop levels at overseas bases -- has gone from inside baseball to front page headlines in the U.S. and South Korea. NBC got the scoop about John Kelly's pre-Olympic discussions… Continue reading The troop issue is officially in the public discussion. Now the question becomes: Will Trump’s put-it-all-out-there manner force the Koreas to admit their game?