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Failed Trump-Kim Summit Is a Bitter Lesson for the White House

  • North Korea, U.S. didn’t agree on denuclearization goal
  • Breakdown may lead to weakening of global sanctions regime
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Park Strategies’ Sean King discusses Trump’s decision to cancel the June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. (Source: Bloomberg)
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A historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un -- abruptly agreed to with little plan for how events would unfold -- collapsed as the leaders talked past each other on their goals, phone calls weren’t returned and rhetoric turned from hopeful to sour.

U.S. officials insist they’re optimistic the meeting will happen, eventually. And North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Friday that his country remains willing to meet the U.S. any time. Trump responded to that on Twitter on Friday, citing the “warm and productive statement from North Korea.”