Kim summit vindicates Cold War doctrine of deterrence

Kim summit vindicates Cold War doctrine of deterrence

"Something happened from that day - it was a bad thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea". That deal reportedly includes a commitment to a "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula aimed at establishing a "peace regime".

The final point on the document calls for North Korea to work with the U.S. in helping them recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action - including immediately repatriating any bodies which have already been identified.

"Otto did not die in vain", Trump said as he discussed North Korea's human rights record.

The strategic insights of game theory experts like Thomas Schelling that shaped deterrence remain relevant as Trump constantly piled the pressure on Kim through a range of threats, from the ones he acted on like tough sanctions and others like strikes on North Korean facilities that he didn't.

It may have also opened the door to Trump Towers Pyongyang.

Trump told Fox News that "without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here".


Even as it is not easy to map the internal faultlines of Kim's regime, the U.S. did enough to get him to turn up in Singapore. "Sometimes I felt foolish doing it but we had no choice".

Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not.

Trump sounded optimistic, telling Hannity that he and Kim "got along from the beginning" and that Kim understood the need to dismantle his nuclear program. While North Korean denuclearization is undoubtedly a good thing, some worry that Kim is all talk. We know where it is because of the heat.' It's incredible the equipment we have, to be honest with you.

Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulous that he can only assess Kim based on their meeting.

Trump may be credited with creating a positive atmosphere around the talks in Singapore, where a day of bonhomie in front of the cameras contrasted sharply with last year's exchange of insults and threats with Kim that raised fears of war.

As of Tuesday morning, U.S. Forces in Korea are still moving ahead with plans for the annual exercise known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

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