Quoted: Think Progress on No Deal Trump-Kim Summit

Think Progress: Trump-Kim Summit Ends Early, Leaders Leave With No Nuclear Deal

“I don’t think any of us expected that the summit would end with no joint statement whatsoever,” said Mintaro Oba, former State Department diplomat focusing on the Koreas. “In fact, the potential outcomes that were being reported in advance of the summit — such as the establishment of U.S.-North Korea liaison offices and a joint peace declaration seemed eminently achievable.”  He added that there are “a lot of unanswered questions here.”

Whether talks collapse over “over ambitious and inflexible negotiations” or the process simply needing more time, Oba said it pointed to the possible need for further soul-searching, as well as an obligation to “start negotiations at lower levels as quickly as possible to demonstrate the two countries are serious about achieving progress.”


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