For Trump, a 'Big Bang' Offer to N. Korea May Be Tempting
Denuclearization in exchange for a peace treaty is one idea being floated
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2018 2:24 PM CST
President Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet in May.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File)

(Newser) – President Trump's surprise announcement of a meeting in May with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has led to all kinds of speculation about how things might unfold, and one piece getting attention is by Victor Cha, a former National Security Council director. In the New York Times, he lays out two possibilities of what Trump might offer. One is "incremental" assistance and the lifting of sanctions if Kim agrees to freeze and eventually dismantle his nuclear and long-range ballistic missile programs. But Cha thinks Trump might be more tempted by a "big bang" idea—denuclearization in exchange for a peace treaty and diplomatic normalization of relations. Cha lays out both scenarios and warns that a disastrous meeting could actually "take us closer to war." Other views and developments:

  • Like he planned it? The meeting is "a stunning vindication of the president’s strategy," writes Robert Charles at Fox News. He credits Trump's "engaged, creative and blunt approach" for securing the meeting. A denuclearized Korean peninsula is a long shot, but if Trump pulls it off, he would secure global stature on par with Ronald Reagan, writes Charles. "Donald Does It Again!" declared a headline at Drudge.
  • Those insults: Trump has referred to Kim as "little rocket man" and "short and fat," while Kim has called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard." Relive the slams via USA Today.

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