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Trump Is About to See If His North Korea Gamble Will Pay Off

  • U.S. president had dramatic meeting on his mind last year
  • Expects to size up North Korean’s intent in ‘first minute’
Bloomberg business news
U.S. vs North Korea: A Fraught History
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President Donald Trump is about to see whether his bet on North Korea will pay off: that Kim Jong Un’s desire to end his country’s economic strangulation and pariah status will prevail over the dictator’s fear of relinquishing his nuclear threat.

Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearization of the Korean peninsula -- the stated goal of the meeting. The president wants the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of his nuclear weapons program. North Korea is seeking a security guarantee -- possibly including a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War -- and the removal of the U.S.’s nuclear umbrella protecting allies South Korea and Japan.