Kim Jong Un is Better Off Now Than He Was Before Trump Agreed to a Summit
President Trump’s decision Thursday to cancel his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un came as suddenly and unexpectedly as his decision to agree to the summit in the first place. But the abrupt move didn’t simply return the situation to where things stood before Trump agreed to meet with Kim with no plan or preparation.
Instead, North Korea is significantly better off than it was before Trump agreed on a whim to a summit that had him hoping for a Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, the United States’ moves have alienated key allies and eased the pressure Trump had been trying to put on Kim — and Trump and his aides don’t appear to have a backup plan, either. And Kim looks like the magnanimous party after North Korea issued a statement responding to Trump’s letter offering to continue talks, with the U.S. portrayed as the one spurning diplomacy.