Trump Meets Kim Jong Un in North Korea, Nuclear Talks Resume

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Trump became the first sitting president to step into North Korea. Kim Jon Un accepted a last-minute invite from Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Steps Into North Korea as Two Sides Agree to Restart Nuclear Talks

Mr. Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to step inside North Korea, calling it a great honor and stopping for photos. The two walked some 19 steps into the North, then returned to the boundary—where the president posed a question to Mr. Kim.

“Would you like to come over?” he asked.

Mr. Kim agreed, and made an unexpected visit to the “Freedom House” building on the South Korean side.

There he sat down with Mr. Trump and answered several questions, saying he had been surprised by the last-minute U.S. request to meet.

The two leaders, joined by several members of their nuclear teams, then headed into a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly an hour. They emerged with the commitment to jump-start nuclear talks, which had stalled after February’s summit in Vietnam ended abruptly without a deal.

“We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right,” Mr. Trump said after the meeting. “We’re on a very good path. This was a terrific day.”

The meeting was supposed to be brief but lasted over an hour.

Newsweek called it a "Clown Show"

Washington Post Blasts Trump

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My Take

One can question Trump's motives, but this was a good move.

He should try the same with Cuba and Iran. Tariffs and sanctions have gotten Trump nowhere.

But roadblocks remain. North Korea wants sanctions removed first, the US wants to see progress first.

Mike "Mish" Shedlocks

Comments (20)
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Webej
Webej

The purists who denounce any rapprochement with "tainted" leaders (usually echoing humanitarian indignation points fed to them by the MSM with little room for the much broader world of indignities or relative context) prefer to be "right" in their splendid isolation than to attempt engagement, whatever the outcome. They do not seem to realize that this rarified moral high ground does not change anything but reinforces the conditions in which the subjects of their indignities live.

Bardenio
Bardenio

All the morons who prefer war instead of diplomacy don't understand the saying... Keep you're friends close, and your enemies closer. Peace just may break out.

SMF
SMF

You know an issue has become political (instead of logical) when your opinion about it depends on what your political party says.

If Obama had done this, a lot of the current critics would be demanding that he get a Nobel for this.

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

It took real cajones for DJT to do that, because aside from some deranged Nork ruining his day, it would have been the perfect time and place for the Deep State to kill two birds with one stone. It is ironic that the MSM, which for years scolded US leadership for not talking to the Russians, North Koreans, etc., are now outraged (unhinged, judging by those Tweets) that DJT would dare to talk them.

Stuki
Stuki

The sheer amount of press, and subsequent "authority", the Juntas of the decaying West, and the Kim dynasty, have both been able to sucker out of their similarly pliant and well indoctrinated sheeplings; by playing along and pretending some isolated, illegitimate communist backwater incapable of developing a rice cooker, have somehow developed their own, no strings, nukes; has got to be one of the most spectacular demonstrations of how "world's political elite vs everyone else", not "nation state vs nation state", is the true game being played.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump seems to be redefining success away from denuclearizing North Korea to simply holding talks with him. So far Trump keeps meeting with him and North Korea keeps on holding onto its Nukes. Against this backdrop Trump basically ending an Iran deal which now speeds up Iran's progress. I don't see a strategy here. I also think its absurd that Trump is meeting with Kim during such an early stage of negotiation. This should be done with lower level state department people and a dangling of a meeting with Trump as a prize that legitimizes Kim. Trump gave away a huge thing of value early on with little to show.. There's also some question as to whether Trump has the back of Japan and South Korea given all his America first talk , unwillingness to hold war games with the South and weakening of U.S. guarantees to shield Japan and protect its tankers from Iran along with demanding more money from both and suggesting u.s. soldiers are basically mercenaries

Sechel
Sechel

I don't see why Trump needs to do anything with cuba. initially he agreed with opening things up. i suspect its just politics to help with his re-election and target aging cubans who are still anti-castro.

cuba is not a threat. if we open the spigots and money pours in that will just speed up the end of communist-fidel rule in my opinion. russians arent' about to go back.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I couldn't care less. What does making handshakes on both sides of the DNZ have to do with anything? It's just political posture on both sides.

shamrock
shamrock

The only problem is every time Trump zigs and zags in his trademark chaos people in North Korea lose their heads.

leicestersq
leicestersq

I think Trump gave us a show here. That show is him giving us a clear clue as to what is going on behind the scenes which he cant or doesnt feel he can tell us directly. That message is one that peace is going to be formalised, and perhaps even followed by reunification at some point.

Seems to me odd that a lot in the media dont like this message. I wonder why that is?

Ebowalker
Ebowalker

Who cares what the warmonger media says. F them. Trump did something right. Hopefully sanctions ease so less kids have to die just because they were born in a dictatorship

Cocoa
Cocoa

If Obama walked over, he would have been given a parade but the media for bravery. But Trump, unpredictable, does it and it's a clown show with nukes. It just goes to show how militarized the Democrats and Media have become. Constantly obsessed with the purity of a leader of another country...Does anyone remember Jimmy Carter having dinner with the Shah of Iran? Of Bush looking into the good should of Putin? The Democrats have just become this sad, sad reactionary cadre. I mean, let's face it. North Korea has nuclear weapons-do the Democrats have a great plan to invade and get rid of them. Did the sanctions work for these many decades? Give me a break

bradw2k
bradw2k

The President of the United States should not shake hands or sit down with any dictator, ever. "Why not?" say morally tone deaf libertarians. Because you don't make a deal with a murderer. That condones and enables evil. And it's even less practical than making a deal with a con man.

Unfortunately the U.S. has been in the business of enabling evil for quite some time, so this is nothing new.