I hope I'm wrong, but I get the sense that all North Korea has wanted for decades is to be seen as a Major Power, and now they have the president of the United States meeting with Kim Jong-Un with zero preconditions. No meetings by diplomats first setting the foundation for talks, no agenda, nothing. (Mind you, we don't even have an ambassador to South Korea. And the State Department's expert on North Korea, Joseph Yun, just quit and his job ends TODAY.) We just have the two presidents meeting face to face to talk about...whatever. So, my sense is that's all they wanted, nothing will happen and Trump got played.
I do have some tips for him, though, that hopefully will help.
1. When negotiating, don't rely on Michael Cohen for assistance. His track record hasn't been too good lately, and I suspect North Korea will have higher standards than a porn actress. (And besides, he's probably pissed off that he hasn't been reimbursed yet for that $130,00.)
2. Don't rely on getting good advice from the U.S. ambassador to South Korea. We don't have on.
3. Don't rely on any advice from the State Department's expert on North Korea, Joseph Yun. Hopefully he left a forwarding number in case there are any questions.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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