[President Trump’s public showmanship on North Korea] is creating a huge buzz where everyone wants to know what’s going on and what comes next...It’s a very dramatic way of conducting foreign policy and national security. But it creates a thin veneer of understanding. It’s mostly about symbolism...[Trump’s focus is] very much getting the public involved and invested in what’s going on. That’s the way you shape the narrative...[South Korea President] Moon is doing something similar. By televising the summit, televising the meetings, he’s creating an intimacy between the viewer and the object.
If they're serious about...trying to convince people that they have really changed...give us a list of...where your chemical weapons are stored, give us a list of where all the missile sites are and...where the fissile materials are stored, and we can crosscheck with ours and our allies' list.
[South Korean President Moon Jae-in] is saying the right things [on coordinating with the U.S. on North Korea], but his Chief Presidential Secretary [Im Jong-seok]'s history and central role in North Korea policy make a lot of people nervous about the potential for the Moon administration to veer left and create fissures in the alliance with Washington.