Asia Transnational Threats Forum: Cybersecurity in Asia
Thinking the unthinkable: War on the Korean Peninsula
Confronting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs: American and Japanese views of threats and options compared
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.
For Kim [Jong-un], the nuclear weapons are part of his national identity...To assume that one [Trump] can go in and talk about making him rich is almost antithetical, almost offensive in a way, for somebody who has achieved and completed his grandfather's goal.
I understand why the administration is offering so many carrots, but I’m afraid Trump thinks Kim is a businessman. What he’s forgetting is that Kim isn’t looking for wealth...He has all the wealth in the country. He’s looking for legitimacy.