The Americans see the idea of Donald Trump going to Pyongyang as another attempt on the part of Kim Jong-un and his team of strategists to create obstructions to any serious attempt at negotiating an end to the North’s nuclear programme. Illustration: Craig Stephens

US-North Korea talks have many obstacles to overcome – starting with where to meet

Donald Kirk says the first hurdle in preparing the US-North Korea summit is the US’ unwillingness to meet Kim Jong-un on his home turf. However, a compromise only means moving on to thornier issues, like North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearise’ and American unwillingness to withdraw from South Korea

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The Americans see the idea of Donald Trump going to Pyongyang as another attempt on the part of Kim Jong-un and his team of strategists to create obstructions to any serious attempt at negotiating an end to the North’s nuclear programme. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.