March 01, 2019

Abrupt end to Trump-Kim summit prompts sighs of relief, questions about what's next

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: CNN

Journalists Kevin Liptak, Nicole Gaouette, Kylie Atwood

The news that President Donald Trump walked away from negotiations with North Korea early and empty-handed led many experts and lawmakers to heave sighs of relief, even as the summit's abrupt finale raises questions about where things go from here.

Many had worried that the President, eager to score a success and distract from damaging testimony by his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, would make a deal that endangered America's national security and possibly decrease the chances of Pyonyang denuclearization.

According to people familiar with conversations among the President's senior national security officials, Trump told some advisers ahead of the Hanoi talks that he did not want to appear overly thirsty to secure a deal, hoping to prove wrong the myriad analysts who predicted he'd give away the store to demonstrate some type of progress.

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  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...