Saturday June 6, 2020

Winning world peace is simply Trump’s latest vanity project

Donald Trump’s main concern for the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the appearance of victory, rather than doing the painstaking groundwork that would bring about long-term stability

13th May, 2018
A South Korean soldier walks past a TV screen showing pictures of US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a railway station in Seoul: Trump will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12 Getty

Picture the view from Kim Jong-un’s side of the table. In this squaring-up of an outclassed but nimble bantamweight against an inexperienced, ill-disciplined heavyweight, there are a couple of factors to consider before placing your bets.

There are all sorts of justifications for choosing Singapore as the venue, but this is far closer to a home fixture for Kim than it is Donald Trump. For Kim, a trip to Singapore is a six-hour...

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