March 09, 2018

Will Kim Jong Un — like every other dictator — sucker Trump?

Source: Washington Post

Journalist: Jennifer Rubin

The Post reports:

North Korea’s belligerent leader, Kim Jong Un, has asked President Trump for talks and Trump has agreed to meet him “by May,” South Korea’s national security adviser said at the White House Thursday after delivering the invitation to the American president.
Kim has also committed to stopping nuclear and missile testing, even during joint military drills in South Korea next month, Chung Eui-yong told reporters in Washington. …
Some analysts say that Kim is suddenly interested in talks because the sanctions are beginning to hurt and because he is genuinely afraid of American military strikes.
But others say that he’s feeling more confident than ever. In November, Kim declared that he had “completed” his missile program and is now ready to deal with the United States — on an equal footing, as nuclear state to nuclear state.

Another possibility is that Kim has observed the autocratic leaders of Russia, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines play Trump like a fiddle. The president’s enormous ego makes him easy prey for experienced flatterers. “He’s such an easy mark,” says Eliot A. Cohen, a former State Department official and frequent Trump critic. “Particularly for world class thugs — he’s just a petty grifter who thinks he’s in their class.”

Read the full article in The Washington Post.


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