President Trump was overconfident to believe that he could agree on a nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea, holds Ivo Daalder of the Chicago Tribune. It was a failure, given that he had promised a deal would be reached. The fact that no future meeting has been set belies claims that this was progress. Every country that has had nuclear weapons has refused to give them up. Trump has eschewed traditional diplomacy, seeking to hash out a deal himself. Instead, he should take the back seat and let seasoned diplomats head to the table. The complicated nature of North Korean denuclearization will require not just expertise but also time.
Walking away from negotiations with North Korea was a smart move by Donald Trump, believes Tony Shaffer of The Hill. Unlike previous administrations that signed terrible agreements, he understands when a bad deal needs to be abandoned. Playing hardball is the perfect reaction to Kim Jong-un’s refusal to compromise. Additionally, Trump has gotten North Korea to stop missile tests, dismantle some of its nuclear infrastructure and free three US hostages. In return, he has only suspended joint army drills with South Korea. The president is handling the situation perfectly. He is smart not to rush into any bad agreements like his predecessors did.