February 17, 2019

Trump, Please Don't Meet with Kim Again

“On January 18, President Donald Trump met for about ninety minutes with Kim Jong-un’s emissary, Kim Yong-chol, in Washington, D.C. At the conclusion of the session, the White House tweeted that a second summit between Trump and the North Korean leader “will take place near the end of February.”

Let’s hope the February meeting does not occur. Trump had been successful through the middle of May of last year when he was pressuring—but not talking to—the North Koreans. Kim was, uncharacteristically, making all the concessions and Trump was making none.

In the middle of May, the American president agreed to meet, and Kim quickly turned the tables on him. American policy has been unsuccessful since.

The impulsive Trump can reverse the bad streak, however. To be successful, the key is again refusing to talk.

Terrifying the World

Trump’s first policy toward North Korea terrified the world. There were threats—“fire and fury”—and insults—“Little Rocket Man.” Trump positioned military assets , like three aircraft carriers in November 2017, within striking distance of Pyongyang.

And he took a lot of heat for raising the temperature. Yet his plan, if it can be called that, worked.”

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