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N Korean leader Kim asks Trump for another meeting in letter

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i have Skype. takes 10 seconds.

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Time for another photo-op. Kim is testing the waters to see if Trump is dumb enough to come a second time.

Trump loves dictators, so he'll probably jump on this. If Putin and Duterte are going to be there too, then Trump would be guaranteed to make it. Trump would love that.

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I really really do hope this ends well but I have little faith in Kim and Trump unfortunately.

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Oh great, another meeting that goes nowhere.

That sounds sarcastic, but I mean it. Another meeting that goes nowhere is actually about the best we can hope for from these two nincompoops. Way better to let them play their game of "important grown-ups having meetings" than fighting with each other.

Hope they have a lot of flags and take a lot of pictures at the next meeting like at the last one. Maybe they can do it in Mars a Lago so Trump can earn a bit of coin on the side too. Win-win.

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Trump needs a hug, or some coaching to silence his opponents.

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Kim: "Really... you think he'll fall for it again? How stupid can he be?"

Trump: "He likes me! I knew he liked me!"

Kim: "Incredible... He's like dealing with a child... a foolish, incredibly stupid child..."

Trump: "I hope he has a parade for me. I'll bet he'll have those hot Asian chicks in uniform. He really likes me!"

Kim: "Putin was right... This is easy.!"

First one worked really well, so why not try again. Keep it up and he'll have Trump salivating over a Nobel every time Kim says, "Summit," and rings a bell.

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I'm sure Shinz will get a fax... Maybe

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

How long before the Trumpians jump on this article and accuse "lefties" of wanting this meeting, or any further summit, to fail?

If another summit does go ahead, of course we want it to work. We all want peace in Korea and east Asia. What we'd like to see, though, is some concrete evidence of progress other than just photo ops and mutual self-congratulation between the two leaders.

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To give credit, NK does seem to be making an effort. They met with SK, they appear to be asking to meet with Trump, and they left their nukes out of their military parade on their anniversary this year, and that’s a pretty major step for them.

It could all just be NK playing the long game though. The more times they meet with Trump, they get two things. They get a bit of goodwill from the world, which they can burn off at a later date, and propaganda material to use with their own people. Legitimacy for having met with the president of the USA.

NK should be given the opportunity to move themselves forward. But everyone needs to approach this carefully.

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Yep, The JT strategy experts are out in force, desperately trying to find reasons why this is a bad development. Amusing.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

every little step counts imagine your country your family everyone you know had been enslaved bombed to smithereens ravaged raped tortured killed abducted for generations you'd be very cautious to have a relationship with anyone

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First one worked really well, so why not try again. Keep it up and he'll have Trump salivating over a Nobel every time Kim says, "Summit," and rings a bell.

Trump is not the other guy, The only thing he cares about is making sure the North denuclearizes and not about some stupid statue

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Oh no , not another letter, what with the op-ed and now a letter from Chairman Kim, we haven't found out who wrote the op-ed yet, maybe the same person who wrote this letter from Kim. The timing of these WH releases is incredible, anything to give the trumpets hope. Maybe the letter could be made public, nah, I'm daydreamin. So its business as usual at the kindergarten, burgers and coke anyone.

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First one worked really well, so why not try again. Keep it up and he'll have Trump salivating over a Nobel every time Kim says, "Summit," and rings a bell.

Trump is not the other guy, The only thing he cares about is making sure the North denuclearizes and not about some stupid statue

Of course he does. He’s man utterly devoid of ego and prepared to do anything for his country. A patriot to the bone, well, bone spurs.

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Crazy: "Kim: "Really... you think he'll fall for it again? How stupid can he be?" blah blah blah

Gosh, Crazy, I'd hate to hear what you'd say if Kim had written "Screw you, Drump."

Fact: There have been zero N Korean missiles flying over Japan since last November.

Fact: Obama didn't do jack about the N Korean problem during his entire eight years.

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Let them meet and talk as much as they can. Negotiations, however difficult and frustrating, are always better then hostilities. And yes, no North Korean missiles over Japan this year.

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Seems Kim likes meetings. Use them as progress checkpoints towards total nuclear disarming. When they've gotten 25% complete, have the next meeting. At 50%, the next, then at 75% and a huge party at 100%. Win-Win.

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Use of a letter is "on record" and is better than by phone and leave no doubt.

Great..! Kim is still ready and willing for a "dialog", face to face.

Personally, I think Kim wants "direct" contact and not the "implied" and "pretentious" contacts through persons with agendas that are different than what was initially discussed face to face. To top it off, the media, the politicians and pundits with their own opinions and agendas do not help the situation which Kim faces domestically and internationally.

He needs time and space for him to live up to the initial agreement made with Trump. It takes "time" and "effort" as well as tremendous expenditure to carry out much of what was publicly announced. That is just as Trump needs time for the US public, media and the politicians as well as the rest of the world to realize exactly what happened and how things are about to change but NOT as every single interested person, group or country may "want" or "expect". 70 years of conflict and just as many years of physical infrastructure and peoples' attitudes cannot be changed overnight.

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Another meeting? Good idea -- since there was no agreement made last time.

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Some on here apparently have more faith in Trump's by the seat of his pants diplomacy than others. I can't trust Trump and I can't trust Kim Jong Un, so I can't trust anything they claim to have said behind closed doors.

Oh, there's sweet tweet here and there between these two loudmouths, but this is far from reassuring. After all, actions speak louder than words.

"I believe it is peace for our time."

.....Neville Chamberlain

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