Trump's North Korea spectacle shows he’d do anything, even undercut America, for attention

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    Trump's North Korea spectacle shows he’d do anything, even undercut America, for attentionTrump's North Korea spectacle shows he’d do anything, even undercut America, for attention
    In constantly providing a stage for Kim Jong Un, President Trump is giving him legitimacy and global standing without any nuclear progress: Our view
    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="President Donald Trump loves big foreign policy events that draw the nation’s attention to — well, President Donald Trump.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”16″>President Donald Trump loves big foreign policy events that draw the nation’s attention to — well, President Donald Trump. 

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="He went to London recently for the spectacle of dining with the queen, ignoring the fact that he could have no meaningful discussions with her government, which is in a state of transition, if not outright paralysis. He also savors his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin because the outrage they draw merely amps up the attention.&nbsp;But nothing is like his approach to North Korea, where he’ll apparently do anything, potentially even undermining America’s&nbsp;interests, for the coverage it brings.” data-reactid=”17″>He went to London recently for the spectacle of dining with the queen, ignoring the fact that he could have no meaningful discussions with her government, which is in a state of transition, if not outright paralysis. He also savors his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin because the outrage they draw merely amps up the attention. But nothing is like his approach to North Korea, where he’ll apparently do anything, potentially even undermining America’s interests, for the coverage it brings.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As the result of a tweet, which seems to be the foundation of a lot of his on-the-go policymaking, Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Sunday to announce the reopening of nuclear talks.” data-reactid=”18″>As the result of a tweet, which seems to be the foundation of a lot of his on-the-go policymaking, Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Sunday to announce the reopening of nuclear talks.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="To Trump, the get-together was a grand spectacle. Not only has he already become the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader, he did so this time on North Korean soil, which is also a first.&nbsp;But he has been down this road before with little in the way of results. When Trump&nbsp;first met with Kim, in Singapore a&nbsp;year ago, he also drew the world’s attention. Then after a second meeting in Vietnam&nbsp;in February, the talks broke off. Now he’s at it again.” data-reactid=”19″>To Trump, the get-together was a grand spectacle. Not only has he already become the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader, he did so this time on North Korean soil, which is also a first. But he has been down this road before with little in the way of results. When Trump first met with Kim, in Singapore a year ago, he also drew the world’s attention. Then after a second meeting in Vietnam in February, the talks broke off. Now he’s at it again.

    With dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump crosses the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea on June 30, 2019.With dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump crosses the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea on June 30, 2019.
    With dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump crosses the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea on June 30, 2019.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="OPPOSING VIEW: For reasons good and bad, Donald Trump seems to have an affinity with Kim Jong Un” data-reactid=”31″>OPPOSING VIEW: For reasons good and bad, Donald Trump seems to have an affinity with Kim Jong Un

    There’s more here than self-promotion, though. In constantly providing a stage for Kim, Trump is giving him legitimacy and global standing that he most assuredly does not deserve.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Making matters worse, Trump is, according to The New York Times,&nbsp;considering recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power and merely asking for it to freeze its arsenal, rather than giving it up. That’s a step back from where Kim was last year, when he promised to denuclearize.” data-reactid=”33″>Making matters worse, Trump is, according to The New York Times, considering recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power and merely asking for it to freeze its arsenal, rather than giving it up. That’s a step back from where Kim was last year, when he promised to denuclearize.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Not that it is likely Kim would follow through with either. North Korea has a long history of reneging on pledges to eliminate or freeze its nuclear weapons program. These pledges go back to 1985, when it&nbsp; joined a nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and 1992 when North and South Koreas signed a pact to denuclearize their peninsula. In 1994, it negotiated a deal with former President Jimmy Carter to freeze its program.” data-reactid=”34″>Not that it is likely Kim would follow through with either. North Korea has a long history of reneging on pledges to eliminate or freeze its nuclear weapons program. These pledges go back to 1985, when it  joined a nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and 1992 when North and South Koreas signed a pact to denuclearize their peninsula. In 1994, it negotiated a deal with former President Jimmy Carter to freeze its program.

    To give Kim so much upfront now, in hopes that he will reform his ways, is unwise. Other rogue nations will be encouraged to follow suit, developing their own nuclear arsenals and forcing their way onto the U.S. president’s agenda.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Indeed, Iranian leaders, who signed a deal to freeze their nuclear program in 2015, have to see the way their nation is being treated even as Trump coddles North Korea.&nbsp;Making and keeping a nuclear deal without weapons in hand has left the nation vulnerable to a renewed round of sanctions from an administration&nbsp;hellbent on blowing up the agreement. On Monday, Iran’s foreign minister&nbsp;announced that his country had exceeded the enrichment caps set down by the accord.” data-reactid=”36″>Indeed, Iranian leaders, who signed a deal to freeze their nuclear program in 2015, have to see the way their nation is being treated even as Trump coddles North Korea. Making and keeping a nuclear deal without weapons in hand has left the nation vulnerable to a renewed round of sanctions from an administration hellbent on blowing up the agreement. On Monday, Iran’s foreign minister announced that his country had exceeded the enrichment caps set down by the accord.

    Now, instead of one nuclear headache in North Korea, Trump’s diplomacy has resuscitated a second, making each more difficult to address. So far, Trump’s diplomatic moves in Iran and North Korea have shown great success in focusing international attention on the White House — but they show little sign of tangible nuclear progress.  

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