Quoted: Voice of America on No Deal Trump-Kim Summit

Voice of America: Trump-Kim Summit Ends With No Agreement

A former State Department official, who specialized in Korean issues, expressed hope the two countries will resume working-level negotiations as soon as possible.
“If, as President Trump claims, the United States walked away as a negotiating tactic, that is not necessarily a bad thing because it can demonstrate to North Korea that Washington is not desperate for any deal whatsoever at the summit and that Pyongyang can't just use the time pressure and media focus in a summit situation as leverage,” Mintaro Oba told VOA. “It's equally possible that U.S. negotiators walked away from the prospect of smaller but meaningful gains because their negotiating position was too inflexible or there were disagreements on the U.S. team. That would be far more concerning.”


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