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Opinion Is Trump walking into Kim Jong Un's trap?

18:33  09 march  2018
18:33  09 march  2018 Source:   theweek.com

My life is 'in danger,' North Korea leader's half-brother quoted as saying months before poisoning

  My life is 'in danger,' North Korea leader's half-brother quoted as saying months before poisoning Kim Jong Nam told a friend his life was in danger six months before he was killed, a police official told a court on Tuesday.Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, have been charged with murdering Kim by smearing his face with VX, a banned chemical poison, at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13 last year.

"President Trump has a reputation for making deals," a senior administration official told reporters. " Kim Jong Un is the one person able to make decisions in Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director, circled around the "bad feeling" every Star Wars character gets before they walk into a trap .

What if Trump , having deluded himself into thinking he’s going to pick up Kim Jong Un ’ s bombs, suddenly decides that he’s been double-crossed? He could use the summit outcome to discredit diplomacy and open the pathway toward war.

FILE - In this April 13, 2017 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center,  is accompanied by Pak Pong Ju, right, Hwang Pyong So, second left, as he arrives for the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, in Pyongyang, North Korea.  Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un April, 2017,  with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday, May 11, 2017.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) © AP FILE - In this April 13, 2017 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, is accompanied by Pak Pong Ju, right, Hwang Pyong So, second left, as he arrives for the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un April, 2017, with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday, May 11, 2017.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Trump tells Gridiron: North Korea 'called up' and 'would like to talk'

  Trump tells Gridiron: North Korea 'called up' and 'would like to talk' President Donald Trump said in his speech to the mostly joke-filled Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday night that North Korea had recently reached out about possible talks. "They called up a couple of days ago and said, 'We would like to talk,'" Trump said. "And I said, 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke. You have to de-nuke.' So let's see what happens. Let's see what happens."The US has said it would be willing to meet with North Korea but has always insisted that Pyongyang eventually abandon its nuclear weapons program as part of any talks. Trump later said "maybe positive things are happening. I hope that's true. ..

where Donald Trump can meet Kim Jong -unReviewed by adminonWednesday, March 14th, 2018.This Is Article AboutTrump is walking into Kim Jong Un ’ s trap What if Trump , having deluded himself into thinking he’s going to pick up Kim Jong Un ’ s bombs, suddenly decides that he’s been

What if Trump , having deluded himself into thinking he’s going to pick up Kim Jong Un ’ s bombs, suddenly decides that he’s been double-crossed? He could use the summit outcome to discredit diplomacy and open the pathway toward war.

If President Trump actually meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and forges lasting peace on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, that would be truly amazing. We should all hope that happens. The fact that Trump and Kim appear to be giving peace a chance — after Trump's "short and fat" and "Little Rocket Man" taunts and "fire and fury" threat, and Kim's vow to "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire" — is already an indisputably positive development.

The announcement that Trump has agreed to meet with Kim by the end of May was made Thursday. The White House confirmed the news, and Trump tweeted, "Great progress being made ... Meeting being planned!"

"Optimists declared a major breakthrough," Karen DeYoung notes at The Washington Post. "Even pessimists acknowledged that Trump's hard line against Pyongyang, after decades of less forceful U.S. effort, played a significant role in moving one of the world's most vexing and threatening problems in a potentially positive direction. But in the afterglow of the surprise announcement ... questions were fast and furious."

North Korea says Trump's preconditions for talks are "preposterous"

  North Korea says Trump's preconditions for talks are North Korea says President Trump's demand that it abandon its nuclear program as a precondition to diplomatic negotiations is "preposterous," ruling out the possibility in a new statement Sunday. On Saturday, Mr. Trump addressed the possibility of negotiations with the North during an otherwise light-hearted speech at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night."Now we are talking and they, by the way, called up a couple of days ago. They said that, 'We would like to talk.' And I said, 'So would we, but you have to denuke, you have to denuke,"' Mr. Trump told attendees at the dinner, according to a pool report of his remarks.

If President Trump actually meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and forges lasting peace on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, that would be truly amazing. Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director, circled around the "bad feeling" every Star Wars character gets before they walk into a trap .

Trump : Kim Jong Un very open and honorable 01:26. Trump repeated his vow to walk out of the meeting with Kim should it fall short of his expectations and said he has made no concessions to North Korea ahead of the possible talks.

There's the question of whether Trump is rewarding Kim with a face-to-face summit, something no other sitting president has agreed to despite invitations from Pyongyang, or just ripping up a playbook that hasn't resulted in success for 25 years. Is Trump a good negotiator, book title notwithstanding? Does South Korea have it right that Kim is offering "permanent denuclearization"? If so, can Kim be trusted? And what is the U.S. willing to bring to the table? "Sanctions?" asks Victor Cha, Trump's onetime pick to be U.S. ambassador to South Korea. "Normalization? Peace treaty?"

But another question looms very large: Is this a trap?

The White House says Trump can handle this, isn't offering much, and will accept nothing less than North Korea completely dismantling its nuclear weapons program, with verification. "President Trump has a reputation for making deals," a senior administration official told reporters. "Kim Jong Un is the one person able to make decisions in their uniquely totalitarian system and so it made sense to accept the invitation with the one person who can make decisions instead of repeating the long slog of the past."

Trump teases big news; it arrives in the dark, on driveway

  Trump teases big news; it arrives in the dark, on driveway The first inkling that something big was afoot on North Korea came from President Donald Trump himself: He popped his head into the White House briefing room late Thursday afternoon to tease a "major statement" coming soon — from South Korean officials.Then ABC reporter Jon Karl ran into Trump in a West Wing hallway and the president let out a little more string. Asked if the announcement was about talks with North Korea, Trump offered: "It's almost beyond that. Hopefully, you will give me credit.

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump ' s stunning decision to meet Kim Jong Un sets up the prospect of the most mind-boggling diplomatic summit in modern history. So there' s a real chance Trump could be walking into a massive trap .

But Kim is unlikely to accept Trump's one non-negotiable. "No sentient human can believe Kim is 'committed to denuclearization,'" says Axios' Jonathan Swan. "Denuclearization is a distant fantasy," agrees Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, and "in accepting the invitation outright, Trump has already lost much of his leverage over the terms and agenda of the talks."

"To be clear — we need to talk to North Korea," says Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. "But Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Korea's weapons. Kim is inviting Trump to demonstrate that his investment in nuclear and missile capabilities has forced the United States to treat him as an equal." This is "an incredible coup for Kim," Lewis adds. "This is literally the end of a North Korean movie — North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, compelling the U.S. president to come to Pyongyang."

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and NSA director, circled around the "bad feeling" every Star Wars character gets before they walk into a trap.

Trump-Kim meeting proves our president's strategy worked

  Trump-Kim meeting proves our president's strategy worked President Trump set out to stop the historic North Korea merry-go-round. And it looks like, for the moment, he has done it. The North Korean invitation and President Trump’s acceptance are monumental steps, but the unspoken question remains – toward what?Can they get to genuine denuclearization and a rollback of North Korea’s decades-old ambition and threat? Or are we about to be disappointed again? If that happens, the risk to North Korea goes sky high, but does the Kim government know that?As hope is not a strategy, talk is not be an endgame. What happens next is critical, but is infused with new hope.

In the coming weeks, Kim Jong Un may send Kim Yo Jong , his dear sister and Royal Censor, to Washington to further soften up Trump and seal the deal. The imperious smiles-flashing Kim Yo Jung is an unprecedented, bias-busting weapon for the Kim regime.

Here are two leaders "who believe fundamentally that they are the only people who matter," says Wendy Sherman, a longtime former diplomat who visited North Korea with the Clinton team. Maybe they're right, but, "this is very serious business. It is not a reality show. And it's our national security that is at stake."

David Ignatius at The Washington Postcompares Trump to a hapless cartoon character prone to falling into his own trap, sharing a text he got from former CIA analyst and North Korea negotiator Robert Carlin: "So typical. ... The North Koreans as Road Runner, the U.S. as Wile E. Coyote." Under Trump, Ignatius says, American diplomacy "has become something of a hapless cartoon villain, detonating bombs on itself and running into walls — while our nimbler adversaries dart away in a blur of dust."

President Trump and Kim Jong Un photos side by side © MANDEL NGAN,ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images President Trump and Kim Jong Un photos side by side

The U.S. has been negotiating with North Korea over nuclear weapons since the Clinton administration, bilaterally or with five other nations, and North Korea keeps breaking its agreements. "But despite this checkered track record, there are still compelling reasons for the United States to enter into talks with North Korea," Uri Friedman argues at Defense One. "The latest diplomatic opening offers a chance to better understand the enigmatic Kim regime, curb its runaway nuclear program, and address direct threats to the United States that haven't been central to past rounds of negotiations. ... And perhaps the greatest reason for hope is this: The playbook has never ever included a summit between the American and North Korean heads of state — let alone the likes of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un."

Kim is something of an enigma, but Trump's "shocking and yet somehow not surprising" decision to meet with the North Korean leader fits neatly with his "audacious and supremely self-confident approach to international affairs," says Peter Baker at The New York Times. "Trump has repeatedly claimed that he can achieve what has eluded every other occupant of his office through the force of his own personality," and while "so far, he has little to show for that," there's a first time for everything.

North Korean Foreign Minister headed to Sweden .
North Korea's foreign minister is visiting Sweden Thursday and Friday, the Swedish government announced, in the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since a momentous summit with the US was announced a week ago. Sweden has been floated as a possible venue for the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump. Sweden's embassy in Pyongyang represents US interests in the country.

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