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North Korea's Kim Jong Un pushing up property prices in Chinese city as he embraces peace

Jungkun Seo writes that the negotiations could have one of two outcomes which Trump could spin to his advantage: "the politics of success" or the "politics of crisis". "What can you tell them?" asked host Margaret Brennan. Kim traveled to Beijing in March to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and last week the two leaders met again for two days in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian.

Pak Thae-song (R), vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party central committee, visits China in this photo from the North's Korean Central News Agency on May 15, 2018.

Evidently, things never seem to stop shifting.

In a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month, Kim called for the USA and North Korea to build trust through "phased and synchronous measures" that would lead to a political settlement "and eventually achieve denuclearization".

During the press conference, the White House also reaffirmed how Washington views denuclearization going into the summit.

South Koreans can not visit North Korea without an invitation from the North and approval from their government. Let me first talk about the "politics of crisis" situation.

"Do you have any problem, given Kim's history and the history of his family as an oppressive regime, any problems with the idea of the USA, even if we get our deal, in effect, giving a security guarantee to the Kim regime?" asked host Chris Wallace. We learned afterwards that Pompeo had gone secretly to North Korea.

Maybe President Trump has finally given up on his cherished dream of Vladimir Putin as his new best friend. He has turned on the charisma in meetings with both US and South Korean officials.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has returned to the USA with three American hostages that had been held by North Korea.

Despite having reneged on a number of his electoral promises regarding Pyongyang, the overwhelming success of Moon's diplomatic strategy has ensured that his approval ratings have remained exceedingly high-and now hover at around 85%. Following the meeting, North Korea released three American citizens.

South and North Koreas are in close and continuous dialogue, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae confirmed Tuesday, apparently to fine-tune their methods of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula ahead of a historic US-North Korea summit.

Prior to these two meetings, relations between the two leaders were frosty: After Kim executed his point man on Chinese affairs, Jang Song-taek, relations between Beijing and Pyongyang deteriorated, and Beijing applied United Nations sanctions more stringently than it had done in the past.

From the outset, there was little reason to think that North Korea would agree to surrender its nuclear weapons and the infrastructure and labs required to build them.

"If the North Koreans are genuine and allow these intrusive inspections, then it works", said Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.

At this point, frankly speaking, I haven't the slightest idea about whether Trump will enshrine the politics of success or exploit the politics of crisis.

Whether a Trump-Kim summit produces something different remains to be seen.

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