’HAMBURGER DIPLO­MACY’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“If Trump wants to avoid a mis­sile cri­sis, he may have to invite Kim Jong-un to the White House,” writes Kim Sen­gupta, a de­fense correspondent for The In­de­pen­dent who made his ob­ser­va­tions Tues­day fol­low­ing North Korea’s un­set­tling test launch of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile from mo­bile equip­ment.

“Py­ongyang’s key aim has al­ways been to have di­rect bi­lat­eral talks with the U.S., some­thing that suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions in Wash­ing­ton have stead­fastly re­fused,” Mr. Sen­gupta con­tin­ued.

“Dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign Trump had stated that he would be pre­pared to re­ceive Kim Jong-un in Wash­ing­ton and ‘have ham­burg­ers with him — What the hell is wrong with speak­ing? And you know what? It’s called open­ing a di­a­logue.’ Trump was de­rided across the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal spec­trum, but North Korea’s state me­dia praised him as ‘a very wise politi­cian,’” Mr. Sen­gupta later con­cluded. “Now, with the mil­i­tary op­tion seem­ingly off the ta­ble, and economic sanc­tions hav­ing lit­tle im­pact, Trump may well find that ‘hamburger diplo­macy’ is the way to ful­fill his pledge that North Korea will not have nu­clear mis­siles which can hit Amer­ica.”

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