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More optics, less substance: The Trump-Kim meeting lacked specifics

North Korea's promises to denuclearise came with no detail, and did not even go as far as previous commitments it has made and broken

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As soon as he landed at Andrews Air Force Base on Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump declared on Twitter: “Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”. The tweet was “liked” 35,000 times within a couple of hours.

This is understandable as the president’s word is enough for his diehard supporters. On its part, North Korean state media depicted Tuesday’s summit as a diplomatic victory for its leader. Whatever be the claims, there is no doubt ...

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 06:21 IST
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