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.
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
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 translated for its English website. The gist is that Trump wants… Continue reading Are the South Koreans leaking?
The Journal's scoop on Sunday -- with the White House saying that it had communicated with North Korea and gotten the "denuclearization" word it wanted -- quickly veered into the notion that the U.S. and North Korea have very different ideas about that word. It's a point many analysts have been making since the Korea… Continue reading Boom. Anna weighs in, and the headline may make all the difference
The White House on Sunday -- April 8, a month after President Trump told South Korean envoys he would meet Kim Jong Un -- said it had been in contact with North Korea and received the assurance that Kim Jong Un is willing to talk denuclearization. The definition remained up in the air, as the… Continue reading A month after the Korea Shock, North Korea talks to the U.S.
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