US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their Singapore summit in June. The US president has suggested that a second summit between the two could take place early in 2019. Photo: AP
Donald Kirk
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Donald Kirk

A second Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit? They don’t even agree on what the first one meant

  • Donald Kirk says North Korea and the US may not agree on what ‘denuclearise’ means, but is there harm in meeting again? The answer is yes, actually, if these summits give the impression that diplomacy has been tried and did not work

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their Singapore summit in June. The US president has suggested that a second summit between the two could take place early in 2019. Photo: AP
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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.