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Lessons for Trump-Kim summit from Reagan and Gorbachev: trust and reassurance before denuclearisation

March 13, 2018
By Nicholas John Wheeler and Marcus Holmes

President Donald Trumpís recent announcement that he would meet with Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic Peopleís Republic of Korea (DPRK), took the world by surprise. Never before has a sitting US president met with his North Korean counterpart. The potential consequences of a meeting depend upon your point of view. Either Trump has walked into a carefully laid trap laid by Kim, in which the North Korean leader will pocket this great concession on the part of his US counterpart and Trump will leave the summit with nothing to show for his bold and impulsive gamble.
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