South Korea, Japan: Whew.
Shifting alliances on a diplomatic chess board
“The United States must now recognize the accurate meaning of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula…”
Are they getting serious?
Their peace in our time?
Jumping the gun a bit, aren’t we?
Kim still not ready to give before he gets
“… to happen at the earliest convenience in order to speed up the denuclearization process.”
Progress, but not of the sort we’d hoped
Now it’s the Everybody Loves Kim show
Sticking with the program… for now
Too clever by half?
“President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing.”
The firing line
Getting to know you.
Positive, but oh so vague in critical areas
A deal not as dead as we were told?
“Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right.”
Madman across the water
Off the table.
Pompeo: “A bad deal is not an option.”
If he’s serious it’s a remarkable moment. That’s a big if, though
“We’re not going to be played.”
Many a slip twixt the cup and the lip
“We’re not going to take the North Koreans simply at their word.”
Down but not out
Suddenly he’s interested in denuclearization
South Korea: We’ve cut a new deal.
A war of words
And halt nuclear tests?
Not our clowns, not our circus
Diplomatic breakthrough or stall tactic?
Head held high?
“You need to stand up!”
No reward for just talking.
“I am appalled, I am angry, I am frustrated over what’s going on down here and in our city in general.”
Reading is fundamentally crooked in this case