TAMER FAKAHANY DEPUTY DIRECTOR – GLOBAL NEWS COORDINATION, LONDON
From THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Media www.rajawalisiber.com – They were jaw-dropping summits. Meetings between two men who had threatened to obliterate each other’s countries in thermonuclear infernos and descended into personal insults for good measure.
But while the meetings between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong un were huge feasts on spectacle, they were thin gruel on substance. Nothing concrete emerged in terms of reducing Pyongyang’s nuclear program, nor Washington easing sanctions on North Korea.
Last year was a disaster for Kim, who helplessly watched his country’s economy decay amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of those made-for-TV summits with Trump that failed to lift punishing sanctions from his country, Kim Tong-hyung reports.
Now he must start over with President Biden, who has previously called him a thug and accused Trump of chasing spectacles instead of meaningful reductions of Kim’s nuclear arsenal.
The change of U.S. government could see North Korea revert to its old behavior. It has a history of testing new U.S. administrations with weapons demonstrations aimed at forcing the Americans back to negotiations.