25 May '18, 4am

Veteran S’porean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan: Trump-Kim summit over for now but not totally https://t.co/HgkxE5n54q

So the Trump-Kim Summit is off. Or is it? I think it is, at least for now. Still, NK has made unpredictability an art form and when dealing with Pyongyang its never over until it is over and sometimes not even then. Of course, in this case it was Trump who called it off. But he too prides himself on unpredictability and whatever you can accuse him of, you cannot accuse him of being afraid to change his mind. NK has said it is still open to talking to the US. Trump’s letter was not aggressive or hostile in its tone — which was more in sorrow than in anger — and the cancellation was not unqualified: a meeting was inappropriate “at this time”. I am not holding my breath, but the fat lady hasn’t sung yet, at least to my ear. In the meantime, there two new realities. First, NK has gained recognition as a de facto nuclear weapon state. It would never have denuclearised anyway, b...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/05/bilahari-on-trump-kim-summit/

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