With North Korea backed into a corner, Trump must pander to Kim’s vanity. The meeting could redefine international relations
A battered phoenix is struggling to rise from the ashes of the G7 fiasco. It is diplomacy, Trump-style. The American president in Singapore today appears determined, against all odds, to cut some sort of deal to denuclearise North Korea. To him, the G7 summit in Canada was a pointless gathering of political toffs. North Korea is different. He has made it his own. Having proposed a deal, then cancelled it, then proposed it again, failure would be glaring.
Donald Trump’s diplomacy would be fascinating were it not so dangerous. Dealings between modern states are about rules and courtesies for a good reason. They are better than war. Trump left Québec insulting his host as “dishonest” and a back-stabber, and scattering blood-curdling threats of trade sanctions at his closest allies. What he was really doing was calling their bluff. To him, G7’s cosy chats are a waste of time, not least because the two powers that really matter, Russia and China, are not there.
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