13 Jun '18, 7am

The art of the deal: Kim rewrites the book with statecraft in Singapore

For a 34-year-old who made his first state visit in just the last few months, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seemed to hold his own in Tuesday’s high-profile summit setting with US President Donald Trump. Kim had already surprised many observers with shrewd strategic manoeuvring before the talks and the Singapore summit only burnished that reputation. In the face of Trump’s well-honed, reality-TV style and reputation as an unpredictable diplomatic opponent, the North Korean leader avoided the inclusion of CVID – or complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation – in the summit’s joint statement – all without appearing confrontational. After Trump-Kim summit, China says sanctions against North Korea could be eased Instead, he and the US president signed a relatively vague statement agreeing to “work towards complete denuclearisation”. “It must have been at Kim’s insis...

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