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Trump’s Outreach to North Korea is a Positive Step, If He Doesn’t Screw It Up
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Trump’s Outreach to North Korea is a Positive Step, If He Doesn’t Screw It Up

Author Michael Fuchs reacts to the possibility of President Donald Trump meeting face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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  • Michael Fuchs

The idea that President Donald Trump would meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is terrifying. But it’s a far better place to be than we were when Trump was talking about starting a war.

For more than a year, the world has been left guessing about the president’s North Korea strategy or whether he had one at all. Trump leveled insults at Kim — “Little Rocket Man” — and boasted of the possibility of war — “fire and fury” — while also stating that he might be willing to meet with him. Trump administration officials and surrogates made the case that a preventive war with North Korea may be necessary while Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeatedly voiced support for diplomacy.

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Authors

Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow