North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has passed over his two older sons and chosen Kim Jong-un, who is not yet 30, to replace him. Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings, outlines the moves the father has taken to promote and protect his son, and the consequences for the rest of the world.
We are not at that point, that point of no return, but I just don’t think that [Secretary of State] Pompeo can sell this [summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un] as a ‘win’ unless there is something that is tangible, agreeable and interactive, if you might say, between the United States and North Korea. Short of that, we are just spinning our wheels. He [Pompeo] can’t come back empty-handed. But the question is what he would consider sufficient for his purposes to justify this trip.