Will we learn more about Kim Jong Un or Moon Jae-in from the inter-Korean summit?

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?

Moon drives the hype higher by saying Kim will let the U.S. keep troops in South Korea. Seen that before too.

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.

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?

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.

Some small steps are taken, but the Trump-Kim summit still looks far from assured

As the week ended, there were signs of movement in Washington, Seoul and Stockholm to putting together a U.S.-North Korea summit. But there is plenty of reason to remain skeptical. Here's a rundown what happened at the end of the week, eight days after President Trump told South Korean envoys he would meet with North… Continue reading Some small steps are taken, but the Trump-Kim summit still looks far from assured