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Kim’s Peace Push Gives Trump Leverage to Finally Win Concessions

  • North Korean leader holding up talks over peace declaration
  • Second chance for U.S. president to win real concessions
Donald Trump with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Donald Trump with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

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Three months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s historic handshake with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader is holding up talks over one consequential demand: a declaration ending the Korean War.

For Trump, the request presents a dilemma. Granting it could guarantee himself another headline-grabbing moment to play the peacemaker weeks before a pivotal midterm election. Withholding it could give the U.S. a second chance to win real concessions in its goal of eliminating the regime’s nuclear threat.