Readers React: Trump and Kim Jong Un crave short-term personal victories, not lasting peace
To the editor: President Trump’s and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s on-again, off-again plodding toward a nuclear summit provides little cause for optimism.
Jonathan Pollack, an eminent Asia scholar, tells why we’re witnessing such awkward diplomatic endeavors: Kim wants “to buy time, stave off any military attack and revel in the international spotlight,” while Trump wants a quick, flashy win that may help the Republican Party in upcoming midterm elections.
So what might we expect from two image-obsessed narcissists bent on manipulating one another? At best, a small, tentative step toward a lasting peace — part of a larger process that likely will take years, if not decades, to bear real fruit.
David Schaffer, Santa Monica
To the editor: Kim has no intention of fully denuclearizing North Korea since he’s completely paranoid that the south, aided by the United States, will invade. In all dictatorial regimes, paranoia is the constant.
North Korea has likely run out of money and the only way to get it is by having sanctions lifted, even if partially. Trump’s motive is his delusional vision of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
It really is as simple as that.
Michele Castagnetti, Venice
Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion and Facebook
Sign up for You Do ADU
Our six-week newsletter will help you make the right decision for you and your property.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.