Quoted: Japan Times on North Korean Charm Offensive

“It was a really smart move for the North Koreans to go ahead and propose a big summit between Kim and Moon,” said Mintaro Oba, a former State Department official who worked on North Korean issues. “It raises expectations for success [and] makes the North Koreans look like they are driving cooperation, but puts pressure on Seoul to show more flexibility than Washington is likely comfortable with.”



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