January 19, 2019

South Korea wants Trump-Kim summit to be a turning point. Others see it as a last chance.

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Simon Denyer

South Korea’s presidential Blue House hopes a planned second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be a “turning point” in efforts to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but one newspaper is already calling it a “last chance.”

Trump and Kim will meet for a second time in late February, the White House announced Friday, eight months after their first summit in Singapore produced a vaguely worded commitment to establishing friendlier relations and working toward denuclearization but no detailed road map of how to get there.

Since then, negotiations between the two governments have stalled, with Pyongyang displaying a clear preference for dealing directly with Trump over communicating with members of the president’s administration.

U.S. envoy Stephen Biegun has been repeatedly snubbed in recent months as he attempted to open a dialogue with North Korea. But on Saturday, he had plans to travel to Stockholm to meet his North Korean counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Choi Sun Hee.

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.

  • 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 ...