America Cannot Allow Summit to Trump Substance on North Korea

It’s time for a reboot of President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s “will they or won’t they?” reality TV show. The obsessive focus on cancellations and signs of renewal might be high on drama, but compulsively binge watching the summit saga misses the forest for the trees. A meeting is just one part of the most important story: Will the United States actually make diplomatic progress in addressing the threats from North Korea?

Since Trump took office, there have been countless plot twists on North Korea. For over a year, he undermined diplomatic efforts, contemplated military action, threatened to reign “fire and fury” upon the isolated country, and packaged an extensive economic sanctions campaign only to have a change of heart and agree to meet with Kim. Following the summit announcement, the path to the summit seemed almost too clear.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill.