The reports, published by the State Department on May 31, come in response to US President Donald J. Trump’s May 2017 Executive Order 13800 on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”
China and Kim are winners. We are now operating within their policy framework: de facto nuclear status quo (which favors North Korea), suspension of US military exercises (ditto) , and de facto gradual weakening of sanctions, the leverage which the US administration deployed, developed, and now risks squandering.
As the United States’ ambassador to South Korea from 2005 to 2008, I witnessed first-hand the tense military standoff at the demilitarized zone (DMZ). So I cannot help but be hopeful that this could be the beginning of a fundamental change for the better in US relations with North Korea and the first step toward peace on the peninsula.
But peace is not going to be possible if the main threat to peace—in the region and beyond— is not eliminated in a verifiable and irreversible way.
Atlantic Council analysts shared their thoughts on the outcome of the summit. This is what they had to say.
Trump administration should provide details of Russian meddling ahead of midtermsOn June 8, Dan Coats, US President Donald J. Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, gave an important speech that went largely unnoticed.
Speaking at an event in Normandy, France—co-sponsored by the Atlantic Council, Le Figaro, and the Tocqueville Foundation—Coats essentially said that the Russians are already meddling in this year’s midterm elections.
He noted: “In 2016, Russia conducted an unprecedented influence campaign to interfere in the US electoral and political process. It is 2018, and we continue to see Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections.”
Trump has held out the possibility of a White House invitation for Kim if the summit goes well.
However, given the unpredictability of both Trump and Kim, expect the unexpected.