While President Trump and Leader Kim Jong Un are walking away from a historic friendship meeting at the border of North and South Korea, a meeting that was praised in the press, the North Korean mission to the United Nations made an effort to subvert the meetings, suggesting that the US was “obsessed with sanctions” and “more and more hell-bent on hostile acts.” The North Korean delegation was (according to an article on CNBC, attributed to Sam Meredith), responding to a letter sent to UN member stats late last month, by the US, UK, Germany and France, asking for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang.
The mission said the letter was sent by the US on June 29, the same day President Trump tweeted he would like to shake hands with the leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the demilitarized zone on the Korean Peninsula. But the US letter to the UN states something very different. It urged all countries, letter dated June 27, not June 29, to return all North Korean workers by the end of 2019.
Our View: Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are still searching for a relationship that is more genuine and personal. Their teams give them advice but there is a likely a personal relationship building and it could turn into a vehicle that allows the two to make progress in the future. Trump is likely using the press to pressure Mr Kim but Mr Kim will use his own strategy and tactics. In our view, Trump will eventually get on the good side of Kim and make a deal, one that Mr Kim will see as a win-win for him and his generals.