Now it’s a fight for Trump’s mind, and he appears ready to yank U.S. troops so he can collect a Nobel.

After staging his summit with Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in hustled to make sure that Donald Trump sticks with the program. With Trump so mercurial, the battle is on between doves and hawks to persuade him what he should ask of Kim and be willing to pay to Kim. The South Korean… Continue reading Now it’s a fight for Trump’s mind, and he appears ready to yank U.S. troops so he can collect a Nobel.

Will we learn more about Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in from the inter-Korean summit?

I suspect Moon Jae-in. And that would not be good. What would be great is if Moon would ask Kim Jong Un whether he still wants to takeover South Korea and, if Kim says no, then ask why he is building so many nuclear weapons. But I don't think Moon will do anything so difficult.… Continue reading Will we learn more about Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in from the inter-Korean summit?

The commentary on the summit prospect has picked up. Here’s a catch-up.

As I pointed out yesterday, much of the public and media chatter around prospect of a U.S.-North Korea summit has now shifted to how Trump and Kim are framing the core issue -- denuclearization -- in different ways. But in the past week or so, there has also been a flurry of other commentary from… Continue reading The commentary on the summit prospect has picked up. Here’s a catch-up.

Moon drives the hype higher by saying Kim will let the U.S. keep troops in South Korea. Seen that before too.

The New York Times website this morning is leading with Moon Jae-in's comments to Korean newspaper publishers that Kim Jong Un is willing to let the U.S. keep a military presence in South Korea, or let South Korea keep U.S. troops, however you want to look at it. The Times' Choe Sang-hun points out several… Continue reading Moon drives the hype higher by saying Kim will let the U.S. keep troops in South Korea. Seen that before too.

Tuesday was clearly a turning point showing Trump is all-in for talks, but remember the U.S. has been here before with North Korea

President Trump's statement Tuesday, in front of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe no less, that the U.S. has been in contact at the highest levels with North Korea marked a turning point on the question of how real this summit stuff is. It's clear Trump is all-in. The White House underscored that by subsequently disclosing… Continue reading Tuesday was clearly a turning point showing Trump is all-in for talks, but remember the U.S. has been here before with North Korea

Are the South Koreans leaking?

South Korean media in the past day or so have come out with stories about the Trump administration's supposed proposals for Kim Jong Un and North Korea during the upcoming summit. The Chosun Ilbo, the biggest paper in South Korea, has one scoop, which it┬átranslated for its English website. The gist is that Trump wants… Continue reading Are the South Koreans leaking?

More skepticism about a Trump-Kim summit emerged this week, plus one interesting development

The development first. The FT writes that a South Korean government-backed researcher estimates the international sanctions against North Korea are hitting it harder than most people have thought. That reinforces the view that the desire for sanctions relief is driving Pyongyang to the table and that Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign is working. Perhaps the U.S.… Continue reading More skepticism about a Trump-Kim summit emerged this week, plus one interesting development