As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam later this month, much attention is being paid to whether North Korea will take concrete actions toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program. By nearly all accounts, negotiations are in their early stages, but there is uncertainty over where they will go and what they can achieve. Part of the uncertainty comes from poor communication and past misunderstandings between the United States and North Korea. As a small but critical step toward improving communications channels and building trust, Trump should make opening a U.S. liaison office in Pyongyang a priority for the upcoming summit.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Diplomat.
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