Poll: Was the North Korea Summit Truly a Failure?
Trump expected to gain significant ground with North Korea during their latest summit, envisioning full denuclearization was within his grasp. Instead, President Trump boarded his plane back to the states before their scheduled lunch saying “Sometimes you have to walk.” Was this trip to North Korea truly a failure?
This isn’t the first time delicate meetings involving world peace have gone awry. Regan’s meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 was a disaster. Their summit in Reykjavik appeared to be the end of all meaningful discourse between the two world superpowers. In truth, it was just the beginning of the road to cooperation.
If there’s one lesson that Trump can take from Regan’s experience in Reykjavik is not to give up. The President’s team needs to get back out there to see what North Korea’s mindset is. Are they still on board with denuclearization talks or are they merely buying time? They can only find out by getting back up.
It may take some time before North Korea returns to the negotiation table. Kim might throw a tantrum; might exchange little jabs with Trump. Both leaders enjoy being at the center of attention, but at least they’ll be talking — that’s better than nothing.
Maybe all Trump and Kim need is more time to prepare for the real discussions. Those types of talks are complicated and lengthy; it’s possible North Korea simply wasn’t ready yet.
America didn’t get the response it wanted from North Korea this time. Do you believe the latest summit was a failure? Tell us! We’re eager to hear you and share the results.