World Knowledge Forum

[WKF 2019] Trump and Kim: From Enemies to Frenemies?│Kathleen Stephens, Joseph Yun, Anthony Kim



*Trump and Kim: From Enemies to Frenemies?(Kathleen Stephens (The 29th U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008-2011), President & CEO of Korea Economic Institute), Joseph Yun (Former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy), Anthony Kim (The Heritage Foundation, Senior Policy Analyst): The relationship between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has been turbulent. From name-calling, threats, to summits, can these two leaders be called friends or enemies? Their relationship began in June 2018 when they had their first summit in Singapore. Many have evaluated the first encounter to be meaningful because it seemed as if North Korea was shifting the narrative away from denuclearization toward improving relations and reducing regime security concerns although limited headway was made on the denuclearization of North Korea. The subsequent meetings and follow-up talks at numerous levels also did not bring out significant steps toward a meaningful agreement by both parties. Also, during their talks of denuclearization, Kim Jong-un acquired ten more warheads and has run numerous missile tests. Nonetheless, Trump still calls Kim a friend and affirms that they still are communicating actively. This session brings together experts from the diverse field to reflect on the following questions: Will Trump and Kim be able to reach a deal that could satisfy both sides? What's ahead of the relationship between Trump and Kim?