Read HRF Chief Strategy Officer Alex Gladstein's piece on the peace talks in TIME.
In yet another sign of how the international community continues to legitimize the North Korean regime, it emerged Tuesday that the U.S. government has already been minting commemorative coins to mark its planned summit in Singapore on June 12 with “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong Un.
The excitement continues to build about the possibility of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un coming together to make “peace” on the Korean peninsula—despite uncertainty over whether the meeting will even go ahead. (Pyongyang threatened last week to cancel the summit if the U.S. insists on it unilaterally giving up nuclear weapons.)
The goal for Moon and Trump seems to be a gradual denuclearization of the DPRK. For Kim, a deal would mean the normalization of his regime, and a loosening of the sanctions that make it difficult for him and his cronies to make profits.