Donald Trump is using far more carrots than sticks to persuade Kim Jong-un to dismantle his nuclear arsenal. Photo: AP

Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?

  • The US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of the Hanoi summit, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’
  • China and South Korea are hoping for peace on the peninsula, with the latter holding out for a declaration that would finally end the Korean war
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Donald Trump is using far more carrots than sticks to persuade Kim Jong-un to dismantle his nuclear arsenal. Photo: AP
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John Power

John Power

John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.