Month: May 2018

Nuclear Roundup: 5/31/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Pompeo and a North Korean official conclude talks to salvage nuclear summit  North Korean facing Pompeo is a master spy who helped groom Kim, then survived his purges  Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets Kim Jong-un  Trump team doesn’t know what it wants from North … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/29/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea The United States has learned the wrong lessons from previous diplomacy with North Korea North Korea nuclear disarmament could take 15 years, expert warns  White House halts new North Korea sanctions in mad dash to save summit  Can the Trump-Kim summit really happen?  Top aide … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/25/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance Now that the summit is off between the US and North Korea, what’s next?  Trump’s negotiating playbook faced test in North Korea  How Trump got outplayed on North Korea  Courting Kim … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/24/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Trump cancels meeting with Kim, citing “open hostility”  Trump cancels summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  China may benefit from a delay in a Trump-Kim meeting  Hecker: a comprehensive history of North Korea’s nuclear program.  North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence “political … Continued

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Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance

Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal. But the most serious fault lines for the US-Korea alliance lie within the alliance itself. Donald Trump’s treatment of South Korea is a throwback to a time when South Korea was poorer, weaker, and less influential. If it continues, it will lead South Koreans from across the political spectrum to question not just US bases in South Korea but the necessity of the alliance.

Nuclear Roundup: 5/23/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Pompeo says US still planning for June 12 Trump-Kim summit Trump says North Korea meeting may be delayed, hints China is to blame As summit looms, North Korean media return to angry tone Foreign media depart on train for North Korean nuclear site North Korea … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/22/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Trump says June summit meeting with North Korea might be delayed To experts, North Korea dismantling nuclear site is like destroying evidence If Kim Jong-un keeps his nuclear arms, can Trump still claim victory? North Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled despite tensions: Seoul … Continued

Nuclear Roundup: 5/21/2018

A daily roundup of quality nuclear policy news. North Korea Trump grappling with risks of proceeding with North Korea meeting Trump, South Korean leader commiserate over upcoming summit In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance What the North Koreans told me about their plans Foreshadowing nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula Pentagon says … Continued