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Does Kim need Trump?

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By Donald Kirk

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing such excruciating trouble on his own home front that you have to wonder when he's going to get enough time off to see Kim Jong-un. For that matter, you wonder if Kim will really want to see him all that much, knowing that he's besieged by enemies and may not even survive the remaining two years of his presidency, much less get elected to a second term.

Still, we have to believe President Moon Jae-in has reason to be confident that a second Trump-Kim summit is absolutely going to happen. He really sounded sure of himself when he said, at that New Year press conference last week, that "Kim's visit to China shows a second summit between the United States and North Korea is nearing." He also seemed to know pretty much what would be on the agenda.

The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore "was not specific enough," Moon said, understating the vacuity of their joint statement in which they both professed to espouse "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." That statement was so vague as to be comparable to a declaration of faith in the virtues of the Almighty and motherhood ― "Almighty" a carefully chosen,........

© The Korea Times