North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un (right) walks with US President Donald Trump during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12. Trump and Kim became the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet to negotiate an end to the decades-old nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula. Photo: AFP

How Donald Trump sold out South Korea while furthering Kim Jong-un’s dream of domination

Donald Kirk says the US president has raised false hopes of Korean reunification but the North Korean leader’s agenda cannot coincide with democracy

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un (right) walks with US President Donald Trump during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12. Trump and Kim became the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet to negotiate an end to the decades-old nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula. Photo: AFP
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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.