Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — June 11, 2019

Kim and Trump shaking hands at the red carpet during the DPRK–USA Singapore Summit. Wikipedia

Hyonhee Shin, Reuters: A year after Singapore, little change seen in US-North Korea ties: poll

SEOUL (Reuters) – A year after the first U.S.-North Korea summit, most people in countries with a stake in the process think relations between the old rivals have not improved significantly, highlighting a stalemate in their nuclear talks, a poll shows.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore on June 12 last year, after trading insults and nuclear threats that had pushed their countries to the brink of war.

But negotiations aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have stalled since their second summit in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, broke down in February.

In a poll commissioned by the Korea Foundation-Vrije Universiteit Brussel Korea Chair and released to Reuters, most respondents in the United States, Japan and Russia said relations between Washington and Pyongyang were similar to what they were a year ago.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — June 11, 2019

Mixed Signals on Engagement — Robert Carlin, 38 North

As North Korea doubles down on its nuclear weapons, Trump and the US are stuck with ‘strategic patience’ — Rob York, SCMP

Don’t be fooled, China’s outreach to Russia is a desperate cry for help — Brett Velicovich, FOX News

From rare earths to soy, the trade war will force the US and China to diversify supply — Neal Kimberley, SCMP

How China Overpowered the U.S. to Win the Battle for Rare Earths — Bloomberg

Extradition law won’t be worth the resultant loss of market confidence in Hong Kong — David A. Rezvani, SCMP

Hong Kong’s Last Fight Is Lost — Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

Q&A: Why bill proposed in Hong Kong set off huge protests — Yanan Wang, AP

Trump Just Can’t Quit Afghanistan — Matt Welch, Reason|

In Tehran, diplomatic hope dies last — Matthias von Hein, DW

Dialogue, international diplomacy might avoid catastrophe in Sudan — Cameron Hudson, The Hill

Bloated bodies in the Nile show Sudan protesters were right to fear the arrival of Saudi and UAE money — Robert Fisk, The Independent

Pragmatism and ideology drive Kremlin’s interest in Africa — Luke Harding, The Guardian

A Crisis for Both UK Parties — Deborah Mabbett, Political Quarterly

Where’s Johnson? PM candidate criticised for avoiding scrutiny — Guy Faulconbridge & Kylie MacLellan, Reuters

Russia sanctions debate deepens Germany’s east-west divide — Austin Davis. DW

Study: Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years — Darryl Coote, UPI

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