Washington, D.C. — After President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement at a second summit aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, Michael Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, issue the following statement:
Real diplomacy is the only way to effectively address the threat from North Korea. Unfortunately, what we’ve seen over the last year—and what we saw in Hanoi—was diplomatic amateur hour. There should be no more summits until the two sides are ready to announce an agreement that includes concrete, verifiable concessions on North Korea’s nuclear program. Let the real negotiators from both sides get to work. Until then, no more reality TV summitry.
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