Moon’s Shot

President Trump says the time and place for his summit with Kim Jung Un has been set. So this is a good time to do a little reading to catch up on what’s happened and what’s at stake. First, the key leader behind the talks has been at this a long time. So you can understand why his key message to his North Korean counterpart has been that they need to move fast. NYT: Can Moon Jae-in Make Peace With North Korea?

+ From Bloomberg: Kim Jong Un Is Masterfully Playing Trump’s Game: “The summit alone is a public-relations coup for Kim. A one-on-one meeting with the U.S. president has been a long-held North Korean goal. The TV images beamed into North Korea will show the leader of a small totalitarian rogue nuclear state on an apparently equal footing with the leader of the free world.”

+ “Kim’s charm offensive is working. Before the summit, only ten per cent of South Koreans said that they trusted the North Korean leader—the third in a dynasty that has ruled Pyongyang ruthlessly for seven decades. After the summit, public faith in his good intentions catapulted to almost eighty per cent.” From Robin Wright in The New Yorker: King Jong Un was funny, charming, and confident but brought his own toilet. (I find that most guys can only be truly charming and confident when they have easy access to their own toilet.)

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