North Korea’s nukes When US President Barack Obama handed over the reins to his successor at the beginning of 2017, he said one issue would likely be particularly tricky: North Korea and its nuclear program . Indeed, as president, Donald Trump devoted a lot of time to it in his first two years in office, initially trading insults with the dictator Kim Jong Un , whom he nicknamed “Little Rocket Man,” and eventually praising his North Korean counterpart by saying Kim had written him a “very beautiful letter.” The two met in person (pictured) three times, including two formal summits, feeding optimism that there could be a lasting rapprochement between the countries and that North Korea might even abandon its nuclear program — to no avail in the end. “I think he totally underestimated the poker game his opponent played with him,” said Rüdiger Lentz, executive director of the Aspen Institute Germany, who ran DW’s Washington bureau until 2009. “So what he was looking for was a quick success, a quick deal. That’s what he’s always looking for. He didn’t get it.” However, Lentz does believe that some progress has been made in relations. “I think they sort of reached a certain… Read full this story
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