What Could a Russia-North Korea Summit Mean?


Thursday’s expected summit between DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia follows on the heels of President Donald Trump’s second summit with the North Korean leader in Vietnam that ended without an agreement between the two leaders on denuclearization.

Kim may have achieved a ‘victory’ in Hanoi, by once again being recognized as a statesman and leader of a [de facto] nuclear power, achieving a milestone way beyond his father Kim Jong-il’s and grandfather Kim Il-sung’s wildest dreams, but with the failure to obtain an interim agreement and/or even partial sanctions relief, it represents a pyrrhic victory.

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