Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The historic June 12 “summit” in Singapore where Donald Trump expected Kim Jong-un to sheepishly surrender to his demand for complete denuclearization has been watered down by the White House to an innocuous “meet and greet” event that won’t accomplish anything significant.
“I think it’s a ‘getting to know you’ meeting plus, and that could be a very positive thing,” said Trump.
The disheartening plunge in expectations seems to indicate someone in the White House has finally convinced Trump that diplomacy and not bluster better serves the U.S.’ national interest. For weeks, the politically ignorant Trump has operated under the delusion it would take only one face-to-face meeting for him to clinch the denuclearization deal he believes will win him the Nobel Peace Prize.
As it stands now, both leaders will meet only once at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, a popular island resort off mainland Singapore. Sources in Washington, however, said the meeting will likely extend into a second day if all goes well.
The Americans have laid the groundwork for a second day of meetings if both leaders decide they want to continue discussions. Full denuclearization on America’s terms, which means North Korea dismantling its entire nuclear weapons program, just won’t happen at this brief meeting.
It’s also not clear if Trump — who hates cerebral briefings and things intellectual — has the smarts, stamina and stomach for a two-day summit with Kim. Trump aides said POTUS plans to follow his gut as he negotiates with Kim.
What Trump wants, and what Kim won’t give him, is a complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea. Trump has, therefore, suggested the most concrete outcome of the June 12 meet might be a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War that lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 when an Armistice was signed ending the fighting in this war.
Trump’s admission of defeat stands in stark contrast to his heavily hyped demand that only North Korea’s commitment to immediate denuclearization would get him to the negotiating table. North Korea hasn’t made this promise, so why is Trump meeting with Kim?
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