Opinion: Summit with North Korea likely to happen because of Trump’s negotiating tactics

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Last Thursday after President Trump announced that he is pulling out of the summit with North Korea, I told you in this segment that the hopes for the summit are not lost.

The events of the last several days show that the meeting between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jon Un is actually likely to happen. It may even take place on June 12, in Singapore, as planned.

American negotiators are now in North Korea to plan for the meeting. Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man Kim Yong-chol is in the U.S. to do the same.

So, what changed? President Trump put North Korea in a box. He understood that Kim Jong Un needs the summit more than the U.S. does. The economic survival of North Korea depends on the meeting, which is the only path to lifting the international sanctions against North Korea.

Since President Trump canceled the meeting in a letter to Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s tone has completely changed. North Korea responded to the letter by essentially asking him to keep the summit. Kim Jong Un then held an unexpected meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in to discuss how to put the summit with President Trump back on track.

Here is the bottom line: by walking away, but keeping the door open to coming back to the negotiating table, President Trump exhibited the very best of the art of the deal. The pressure is fully on North Korea and the negotiating advantage in the hands of the USA.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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