That was sure a lot of buildup for the Trump-Moon meeting, and then not much got said after it

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

North Korea grabs the narrative for the first time, but it has always had the cards

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

The U.S. and South Korea aren’t on the same page on North Korea, and Trump knows it.

How else to read Trump's comments on Thursday that he may hold up the changes to the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement based on how the upcoming talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program go? South Korean officials on Friday publicly said they were looking to the U.S. for clarification on Trump's remarks. But a… Continue reading The U.S. and South Korea aren’t on the same page on North Korea, and Trump knows it.

Beijing a day after: what the news and insta-analysis said

The news coverage and instant analysis from the Xi-Kim summit sorted into these themes: China is in the game after all, and that's good for North Korea This is the conclusion that dominates first-day news coverage, summed up well in the New York Times by Jane Perlez. A key point that she buttressed with comment… Continue reading Beijing a day after: what the news and insta-analysis said