Thursday/ Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet. Huh?

Nuclear war? Trade war? Maybe just a trade war.

The State Dept stated just this morning that talks between the US and North Korea were ‘a long way off’. This evening, a delegation of South Korean envoys announced on the White House driveway that President Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet before the end of May.  This will be the first time ever that a US President meet with North Korea since the Korean War Armistice of 1953. (Oh, and never mind that annual US-South Korea military exercises are to take place in April – and that U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun resigned just two weeks ago).

Why did the South Koreans announce the talks (and not the White House)?
Can Kim Jong-un be trusted?
What is even on the table?

Update Fri 3/9: By Friday night Press Secretary Sanders had walked back Trump’s commitment to meet with Kim Jong-un. (‘No meeting without concrete steps and action’). And then her walk-back was walked back by the White House – sort of.

German newspaper ‘Heuberger Bote’ illustrating on which products tariffs could be slapped, as retaliation to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. (Hmm. Bourbon comes from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin).

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