2019: From Singapore to Hanoi and Beyond

Source:  The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 10 | Number 1 | May 15, 2019
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From Singapore to Hanoi and Beyond:
How (Not) to Build Peace between the U.S. and North Korea¹
Jae-Jung Suh


President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi only to part ways abruptly without producing an agreement. Their failure stems, I argue, not from the difference between Trump's "big deal" and Kim's "small deal," but from the incompatibility in their conceptions of the future of the Korean peninsula as well as a common lack of a vision for Northeast Asia. In its zeal to compel the North to disarm, the Trump team conditioned its lifting of UN sanctions on the North's disarmament of WMDs, not just nuclear weapons. But the Kim team was so singularly focused on enticing Trump to accept a deal that it put on the table what it thought was a big concession, only to be called upon for more. South Korea now has a critical role to play to bring the two parties together to a broader vision for a denuclearized peninsula that is anchored to a more peaceful Northeast Asia.

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