The Trump-Kim summit: Walk on down
Leaders. The Trump Kim summit. Whoa. On down talks break down without a deal. It could be a lot worse. Oh that difficult second date when President Donald Trump. I met Kim Jong UN in Singapore in June last year that talks achieved very little except a change of mood that it wasn't enough for Mr. Trump to claim that he had prevented war in Asia. And North Korea was no longer nuclear threat on February twenty seventh and twenty eighth the two men met again in Hanoi in Vietnam this time, Mr. Trump was under pressure to win concrete concessions from Mr Kim. But the ended up walking away with nothing saying that he would rather do it right than do it fast. If you believed Mr. Trump's hyperbole after Singapore that will come as a bitter disappointment. But if the aim is to simply make the world a little bit safer, Mr. Trump's unorthodox sweeping approach to the nitty gritty business of arms control is not exactly a failure. Either. Walking away was at least better than giving way. Details of the summit was still emerging as we went to press. But in the press conference that followed the talks Mr. Trump said that Mr. came had demanded the lifting of sanctions in exchange for decommissioning the nuclear facility at Yongbyon. That would have been a terrible deal the north has other facilities, which produce weapons-grade uranium not to mention a stalk of warheads and missiles, Mr. Trump also made clear that the disagreement was amicable expects, mall talks and more progress. He went out of his way to praise Mr Kim and to underline the economic detention of North Korea if only it was prepared to surrender. It's awesome and rejoined the weld. It would be very Trumpian for the next over chore to the north to come soon after this latest rebuff. Most important the Hanoi summit retains the gains from Singapore. In the lead up to that. First summit the north was testing ballistic missiles capable of hitting most of America. Those tests have stopped as have its tests of the warheads themselves lowering tension and the risk of an advert escalation Mr. came gave his word that this will not change. And yet if denuclearization really is the aim the Gulf looks unbridgeable in Singapore when the two sides agreed to a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. They meant different things America expects the north to abandon its nuclear weapons in their entirety. The north insists that America withdrawal the nuclear umbrella that protects South Korea as well as pull out its troops from the peninsula far from disarming North Korea continues to build up. It's awesome much. To the rotation of Mr. Trump, America's intelligence agencies backed by his military commander in Asia. Have concluded that Mr Kim and his senior aides ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival as if to rub that in a recent assessment from Stanford University reckoned that in the past year, Mr Kim may have produced enough weapons-grade material for five to seven new bombs taking his also to thirty seven. Meanwhile, Mr Kim has failed to take even rudimentary steps towards setting up an ago sheeting process that might eventually lead to large-scale disarmament in the lead up to the Hanoi summit. He snubbed Mike Pompeo the secretary of state and sulked about America's office. The north has refused to produce an inventory of its nuclear weapons laboratories test sites and of facilities until it does denuclearization cannot get underway. In analyst without a process to give the talks a momentum of their own the entire enterprise depends on the whim of two highly unpredictable men. Obduracy built on a misunderstanding is hardly a promising foundation for lasting and large scale disarmament. But it hasn't least resulted in a form of containment for the time being North Korea is living under a day facto test ban that stops it from perfecting its weapons or from using them to intimidate its neighbors. If you compare that with the achievements of Mr. Trump's predescessors, it is not too bad.