South Korea

  • Trump-Kim Summit: Expect the Unexpected

    Even if US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fail to achieve a breakthrough in their highly-anticipated summit in Singapore on June 12—Trump administration officials have been privately ratcheting down expectations—the summit in and of itself will be historic. It will be the first time that a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea. The meeting provides an important opportunity to make headway on a protracted nonproliferation challenge.

    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.

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  • Trump-Kim Summit: A Disarmament Checklist

    These are the steps that should be taken to ensure denuclearization and disarmament of North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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  • Trump Kim-Summit: The Best-Case Scenario

    US President Donald J. Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12. Atlantic Council analysts present their views on what they believe to be an achievable, best-case outcome, one that would test North Korea’s readiness for genuine, rapid denuclearization by demanding front-loaded “down payments” during the first twelve months.  

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  • US-China Cooperation Vital for the Success of Trump-Kim Summit

    When US President Donald J. Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12 it will be due in large part to the close cooperation between the United States and China over the past year.

    Sino-US cooperation is critical to resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis. Since Trump took office in 2017, the United States and China have narrowed their differences on the issue and have refined their respective approaches to reaching an end goal.

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  • North Korea’s Other Kim Comes to New York

    North Korean Gen. Kim Yong-chol was seated barely a few feet away from Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 25. The world’s attention was focused firmly on them amid signs of a thaw in relations between North and South Korea. The two did not exchange a word.

    Now Kim, a former chief of North Korea’s main intelligence agency and a man sanctioned by both the United States and South Korea, may play a critical role in facilitating a dialogue between Ivanka Trump’s father, US President Donald J. Trump, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    Kim, who was given a special waiver to travel to the United States, is expected in New York on May 30. He will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Salvaging the highly-anticipated Trump-Kim summit is at the top of their agenda.

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  • How Trump's Meeting with Moon Can Help Him Prepare for the Summit with Kim

    US President Donald J. Trump must use his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to ensure that the United States and South Korea are completely aligned, with no differences that could be exploited by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his upcoming summit with Trump.

    In this way, Trump’s May 22 meeting with Moon will serve as an important prelude to the US-North Korea summit, scheduled for June 12.

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  • Sleepless in Seoul

    Why I’ve grown more optimistic that we have the chance to repair history’s bloodiest remaining divide.

    Jet lag can play tricks on the mind.

    Lying wide awake at just past three in the morning, some thirteen hours ahead of DC time in South Korea, I grow convinced we are within reach of the chance of the century to repair history’s bloodiest remaining divide. At the end of a week’s fact-gathering in Seoul, it’s hard to know whether this is rational thinking or nocturnal delusion.
    Whichever it turns out to be, a Hollywood script writer could not have framed the plot nor provided its protagonists more inventively.

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  • Oh Quoted in WBHM on Trump and Moon's Washington Meeting

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  • Kempe Quoted in Yonhap News on the Importance of the South Korea-US Alliance

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  • North Korea Threatens to Pull the Plug on Trump-Kim Summit

    North Korea has threatened to cancel the highly anticipated summit between US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in light of what it called “provocative military disturbances with South Korea,” North Korea’s state news agency reported early on May 16 local time. The Trump-Kim summit is set to be held in Singapore on June 12.

    In a surprise move, North Korea also suspended talks with South Korea scheduled for May 16 in protest over the latter’s military exercises with the United States.

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