President Trump engaging in negotiations with Kim Jong-un is likely going to be a failure, believes Steve Chapman of The Chicago Tribune. Nuclear weapons are far too essential to the regime for them to be given up. They guarantee that North Korea won’t be attacked. Kim trusting any promises that Trump makes as reason enough to disarm is improbable. In the past, his country has gone back on multiple promises made during negotiations. The US president’s criticism of the Iran Deal indicates that America’s interests change with each administration. To really forgo highly valuable nuclear weapons would require almost unthinkable concessions from Trump.
President Trump negotiating with Kim Jong-un directly can be a good thing, if he agrees to a more diplomatic approach and understands that the regime can’t forgo its nuclear weapons, holds Bill Richardson of The Washington Post. Denuclearization isn’t the only target to work towards. Better relations and the reduction of hostilities would be huge victories. Keeping nuclear weapons but ceasing its missile program would be a step forward for North Korea. Concessions, such as removing some US troops from South Korea, should be on the table. Most importantly, Trump has to keep the long-term goal in mind, as these negotiations will only gradually bear fruits.