The last time we took a look at the Korean peninsula, North Korea abruptly ended discussions with South Korea and is threatening to cancel the upcoming summit with the United States.

It may be the fact that Kim read President Trump’s “Art of the Deal”, or Kim is just following the historic pattern of his dictatorial ancestors, but this is a tactic that has been anticipated by Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. The response will come as no surprise to those who follow our negotiating Commander-in-Chief: Trump has signaled that he doesn’t need to rush in for a peace summit.

US President Donald Trump has said there is a “very substantial chance” a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un next month may not happen.

He said the North must meet conditions for the summit to go ahead though if it did not, it might happen “later”.

…The North has said it may cancel the summit if the US insists on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally.

Mr Trump did not say what conditions the US had set for the summit but, asked by a reporter about the North’s arsenal, he said “denuclearisation must take place”.

One of the news publications I like to follow for news in his region is the South China Morning Post, recommended to me by my step-daughter who works in China. The publication covers President Trump without the disdain, mocking, or distortions of the American press. Interestingly, their report indicates that one of the top South Korean officials believe the Singapore summit will happen.

At the White House with Moon, Trump said he would like to hear the South Korean president’s “different opinion” on Kim’s recent meeting with Xi. After this was translated, Trump went on to say: “I don’t want to get him in trouble. He lives right next to China, you know, he’s not too far away.”

Earlier in the day, Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security adviser, expressed optimism about the continued prospects for the meeting, telling reporters during the flight to Washington, “We believe there is a 99.9 per cent chance the North Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled.”

“But we’re just preparing for many different possibilities,” the South Korean Yonhap news agency quoted Chung as saying.

It is now being revealed that Kim isn’t worried about going to the summit because of Trump, China, or South Korea. Kim is fearful of being a victim of a coup.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly anxious about the planned summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore next month, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the preparations.

According to the report, Kim is less concerned about meeting Trump than he is about what might happen at home in Pyongyang while he’s gone.

Kim is purportedly concerned that the trip to Singapore may leave his regime vulnerable to a military coup or that other hostile actors might try to depose him, sources told The Post. The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since its inception following the end of the Korean War in 1953.

These remarks by Trump, made during his meeting with Moon, make sense in that context:

Trump also made some promises to the North Korean leader Tuesday.

He will be safe, he will be happy, his country will be rich,” Trump said. “Kim will be extremely happy if it works out.”

Kim might be happy if the summit goes on as planned and an agreement is reached, but the American press will likely delve deeper into Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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