pons, Kim said: “If I wasn’t ready for such a thing, I wouldn’t be here.” However, he wants the sanctions to be lifted in one fell swoop.
Given that Trump did not close the door on a deal in the future, and said that he would meet with Kim ag
ain sooner or later, it may be that he simply ran out of time to talk because he had to turn his attention elsewhere.
Certainly, from the Singapore summit in June to this week’s Hanoi meeting, the dramatic rapprochem
ent between the US and the DPRK — seemingly immutable adversaries — would not have been po
ssible without the strong political will for engagement demonstrated by both sides over the past year.
Each time this has appeared at risk of being lost, other important players involved in the d
enuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in particular the Republic of Korea and China, have prov
ided the necessary will and support to keep the engagement alive, and set the stage for Washington and Pyongyang to add
ress core issues leading up to denuclearization. They will no doubt be offering their support this time, too.
Although the high hopes for the meeting have not been met
and there is a sense of disappointment, the high-level contacts between the two sides are likely to continue.