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Jun 12, 2018

What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

The hard work of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is already complete; now we just wait to see if the two play nicely.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un

The fact that President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have engaged in talks this morning means this meeting will already be deemed a success. All they have to do now is walk away saying they have agreed in principle to some relatively low-level matters and leave the details to their officials. 

Much of the content of the meeting will have already been addressed in preliminary discussions between US and North Korean representatives. So long as the two leaders can stay on script, the process should proceed without problem.

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6 thoughts on “What would success look like for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

  1. Saugoof

    I think one thing is for certain. No matter the outcome, Trump will claim it as the successiest success of all time, ever. Something the likes no other person in history has achieved.

  2. klewso

    What will a fail look/sound like?

  3. AR

    I was particularly fond of a remark made a couple of weeks ago by Bolton – or perhaps one of other, many, headbangers swirling around the Drumpfster – that “the S Korean President had no role to play in these talks“.
    Nemesis is never far behind Hubris.

  4. crakeka

    I hope there is no real chance that Trump will sell its allies all down the river and agree to the formal end of the Korean War and the withdrawal of all US forces from South Korea. Presumably that is what China wants. The lack of effective
    legislative restraints upon the individual power of the US president are frankly terrifying now that this particular person is the President of the United States.

  5. Rameses

    The meeting is window dressing. There is a real story somewhere: another harvest failure, space weapons, ….?

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