Charles K. Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University, wrote the July 25, 2018 East Asia Forum article “Too Early to Tell if the Singapore Summit was Successful.” Professor Armstrong provides analysis on what was–and wasn’t–achieved in the June 12, 2018 summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
“The 12 June US–DPRK summit meeting was vastly oversold, not least by US President Donald Trump,” Professor Armstrong writes. “The day after the summit, Trump tweeted that the North Korean nuclear threat had been removed, even though Pyongyang had taken no verifiable action toward eliminating its nuclear program. On 12 July, one month after the summit, Trump brandished a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who declared their Singapore meeting ‘the start of a meaningful journey’ and said he was looking forward to their next meeting. Trump took this as a reflection of the ‘great progress’ that the two countries had made despite the frustrations that had beset US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his recent visit to Pyongyang. Six weeks after the Singapore summit, North Korea’s nuclear arsenal has not diminished, US and UN sanctions against North Korea remain in place, and the US government continues to forbid US citizens from visiting North Korea (and vice versa) without special permission.”
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