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Trump right to give deal a shot

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The one-page agreement they signed was vague, the US president gave a lot to make the deal happen, and the whole carefully choreographed event has legitimised one of the world’s worst human rights abusers as a leader on the global stage . . . but even at this early point, with chances of successful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula probably still worse than even, it was worth it.

The apparent rapport struck between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at their historic summit in Singapore yesterday sets the scene for the difficult process ahead to convince North Korea to really give up the nuclear ambitions that have been so central to the Kim regimes over the past five decades.

The world has been here before — after lengthy and painstaking efforts, and a lot less theatre — only to be deceived by the North. And that was before it had nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them to the US mainland.

Trump said it was a one-shot chance for peace with North Korea and it came off better than most expected.

The surprise........

© The Gisborne Herald