USA may find it­self side­lined in vi­tal nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions

Western Mail - - STATE SIDE -

DONALD TRUMP may well have locked him­self and Amer­ica out of the Korea ne­go­ti­a­tions by claim­ing he wouldn’t meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The two Koreas, with as­sis­tance from China and Ja­pan, could pro­vide for the de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula with­out US par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Through­out this whole saga, Trump has shown him­self to be child­like.

First came his play­ground name call­ing, then his boasts of be­ing big­ger than Kim.

He then went and topped it off with a letter to the North Korean despot, call­ing off agreed peace talks, that could have been bet­ter writ­ten by his own 12-year-old son.

All-in-all it has revealed his in­cred­i­ble mis­un­der­stand­ing of hu­man na­ture as he now scram­bles to sal­vage the June 12 meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore which he called off.

Most adults, even most chil­dren, un­der­stand how they need to treat a per­son with whom they want to have a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion.

There must be a de­gree of re­spect from the be­gin­ning of their in­ter­ac­tion.

Trump has failed to show that. Now his un­pre­dictable, ‘me-only’ for­eign pol­icy may yet prove a huge em­bar­rass­ment to the States if those Asian lead­ers take this as an in­vi­ta­tion to avoid work­ing with Amer­ica and forge a peace­ful so­lu­tion alone.

Kim Jong-un could well agree an arms deal with­out US in­volve­ment

Trump’s pos­tur­ing may leave the US out in the cold

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