Don’t Over-Hype the Trump-Kim Summit

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Public reactions to prospects for a breakthrough at a Trump-Kim summit are proving a triumph of hope over experience. North Korea has been feeling the heat from the Trump administration’s effective “maximum pressure” campaign, and has every incentive to gut its momentum, or reverse it.

In response, Kim Jong Un has been playing a weak hand well with his charm offensive. His Olympic diplomacy greatly relieved South Korean officials fearful of North Korean efforts to disrupt the games, leading almost to a sense of euphoria in Seoul. (They even picked up the tab for their North Korean visitors’ hotel bills and incidentals, to the tune of around $2.7 million.)

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