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Go more boldly, Chairman Kim

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By Choi Sung-jin

Dear Chairman Kim Jong-un,

Two weeks from now, you will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam, having your second date in about eight months.

Your first meeting in Singapore last June proved terrific, at least for you and your people. The U.S. leader, who had long mocked and threatened you, confessed that he and you "fell in love" after just hours of seeing each other, making some of Trump's close friends, especially Shinzo Abe, mortally jealous of you.

Trump is, of course, an old and shrewd ex-realty dealer very good at hiding his inner feelings. Nor can one predict what this whimsical and megalomaniacal politician's next move will be. Anyway, so far, so good, it seems.

It would help if you thought of what you've "actually" got in the following months, however.

You have refrained from conducting nuclear tests and missile launches for nearly 15 months, destroyed some testing facilities and launch pads, and repatriated the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers during the Korea War seven decades ago.

Your critics say these are all cosmetic moves that did not weaken your nuclear ability in any significant way. Still, these were better than what you got in return ― suspension of annual war games jointly held by the U.S. and South Korea ― probably because........

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