North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, on June 12. Brutal dictators are always happy to be pictured next to world leaders for the same reasons that we should be restrained in granting their requests – such photos grant international legitimacy. Photo: AFP

Why Trump-Kim handshake is no symbol of peace, but fuel for North Korea’s brutal regime

Sherif A. Elgebeily says history teaches that the US president’s choice to pursue a peace deal under the media glare has little chance of success, and meeting Kim Jong-un with no preconditions can only confer legitimacy on the North Korean leader’s regime

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, on June 12. Brutal dictators are always happy to be pictured next to world leaders for the same reasons that we should be restrained in granting their requests – such photos grant international legitimacy. Photo: AFP
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