Trump's negotiating strategy with North Korea

April 19, 2018 |

In a press conference yesterday, President Trump made it clear that he’s approaching any nuclear talks with North Korea in the same way he approaches business deals: if they don’t offer what he wants, he won’t take the meeting. And if they try to offer less than he’s willing to accept once he’s there, he will walk out.

That’s the kind of tough negotiating strategy that gives the vapors to the self-regarding Ivy League hothouse flowers who’ve been running our foreign policy for years as North Korea routinely mocked them and continued developing nuclear weapons and missile technology. They seem to think that appearing strong encourages bullies to attack you. Uh...no. That's one of those "should've learned this in kindergarten" concepts. Far from goading North Korea into attacking, Trump seems to have convinced Kim Jong-Un that he’s finally dealing with someone he can’t roll.


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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is already in contact with the North to prepare for the summit, and he said this morning that “North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization. They have not attached any conditions that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security.”

If that announcement had come during the previous Administration, Obama would have been showered with more Nobel Prizes before the summit even took place. As it is, the longtime diplomatic corps types whose fecklessness and incompetence led to a nuclear North Korea in the first place will probably blow a gasket if Trump sticks to his guns and threatens to walk out unless he gets an ironclad guarantee of what he wants.

My suggestion: they should save themselves the torment and just turn off the news channels for a couple of weeks, until the people who know how to negotiate are finished doing it.

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