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(March 5, 2019) Asean must continue to engage n korea - Kavi Chongkittavorn

 The second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi failed to produce an outcome that would enable regional partners to play a bigger role. Last week's meeting was strictly a leader-to-leader negotiation, nobody else. US President Donald Trump walked away from the tête-à-tête without an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, simply because he thought it was a bad deal to end sanctions at this crucial moment. It is a chicken-and-egg situation.

Mr Trump wants Mr Kim to commit to a comprehensive plan for denuclearisation of his vast arsenal before he flags the end of sanctions. On the other hand, Mr Kim wants the total lifting of sanctions at this juncture. Later, North Korea said it demanded just a partial lifting of sanctions, which have impacted people's livelihoods. Whatever it was -- a misunderstanding or a miscommunication -- the fact remains that the two sides did not strike a deal.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1639326/asean-must-continue-to-engage-n-korea


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