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 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?

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. ┬áNBC 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?

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.

If Trump is going to believe what his supporters are saying, then Kim has already won.

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.

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?

Boom. Anna weighs in, and the headline may make all the difference

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