The climactic letdown happened when President Trump met reporters after his Oval Office visit with Kim Yong Chol on Friday. There, he said the June 12 summit was back on and that it would be the start of a process, rather than something that produces a bargain that changes North Korea's nuclear program and life… Continue reading The Korea Shock ended June 1. The Trump-Kim summit will be an anticlimax.
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.
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 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