Trump gave and Kim took at summit



June 12, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Let’s begin with the good news. Tuesday’s Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jung Un could have been a disaster, and it wasn’t. What’s more, there remains the hope — slender, but real — that the conversation and resulting joint statement by the two leaders could be a springboard to future diplomacy.

If that happens, and if the diplomacy grows to include measurable commitments to change by North Korea, so long propped up by propaganda and prison camps, then Tuesday’s summit could become the breakthrough moment Trump has declared it to be.

But aspirations are flimsy material upon which to lean, but for now high hopes are all we have been left with. In his eagerness to make history, the president conceded much. What we have to show for it is exceedingly small, at least so far. Certainly, North Korea has made no firm commitments.

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