Was the U.S.-North Korea summit a success?

Was the U.S.-North Korea summit a success?

Not that long ago, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un were on a path to nuclear war.

Since the summit, Trump has boasted about his meeting with Kim in unrealistic terms, claiming he'd solved the North Korean nuclear issue and "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

"Chuck Schumer said "the Summit was what the Texans call all cattle and no hat".

And after the summit, when Trump made the shock announcement that the USA would stop its massive war games with South Korea - a longtime Chinese goal - it was clear that Beijing had made its mark on the proceedings.

Donald Trump said he wishes people would "sit up and pay attention" to him the way they do in North Korea when Kim Jong Un speaks. Slightly more than 2 in 3 Republicans (68 percent) now say it is likely that North Korea will dismantle its nuclear program completely, an increase of 29 percentage points since April.

Trump was optimistic following his meeting but the Israeli intelligence report says, "the USA retreated from its positions on several issues relating to North Korea's nuclear program".

Trump has recently been full of praise for Kim's autocratic rule over North Korea, saying he admired how the people of that country were in nearly reverence of him.

Trump suggested that the agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula is being celebrated throughout Asia and that only political partisans in the United States would rather see this deal fall through than see the president succeed - even if it saves millions of lives. The White House released a four-minute video that showcased Kim as someone who could be a great historical figure if only he would fundamentally change. "Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. And I mean, he is the strong head", the president said. A majority of 55 percent says it is too early to tell whether the summit was a success for the United States and an nearly identical majority (56 percent) says it was too early to tell whether it was a success for North Korea. Just over 4 in 10 (41 percent) say Trump made reasonable compromises at the summit, while about a third (34 percent) say he gave away too much to the North Korean leader.

Among Trump's most vocal supporters is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who led negotiations to set up the summit and will hold talks with the North to work out details of the deal.

"Trump has been remarkably consistent as long as he's been on the public stage in exhibiting authoritarian instincts", said Steven Levitsky, a Harvard University professor who recently co-authored a book on the subject, "How Democracies Die".

US and South Korean forces have trained together for decades, and routinely rehearse everything from beach landings in the North to pre-emptive "decapitation" strikes targeting the North Korean regime.

Trump was responding to criticism that he gave Kim the propaganda win of a summit without getting more concessions on denuclearization, and didn't lock in a plan to get there. "I don't think we know enough to challenge or celebrate". "That sounds good. Maybe we are going to have to try it, '" he later said, recounting the outrage that followed. Trump even sloughed off questions at the news conference about North Korean forced labor camps where thousands are tortured and murdered, saying such things happen elsewhere.

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