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?
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.
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.
This is good to see. At the 10:23 mark, the VOA's Steve Herman put the question to the White House in a smart way on Monday by using the Kim regime's own words. And Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied that the administration is not naive: WSJ columnist Gerry Seib framed the issue nicely in a column… Continue reading The meaning of denuclearization at last is atop the public conversation about a Trump-Kim summit
One of the saving graces of President Trump's hasty decision to meet with Kim Jong Un is that he had not publicly at least seemed to believe the idea pushed by his most breathless supporters that he has broken new ground on the North Korea nuclear problem. Until today. Apparently miffed at the portrayal of… Continue reading If Trump is going to believe what his supporters are saying, then Kim has already won.
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.