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North Korea: can Trump succeed where so many others have failed?

South Korea is talking about a peace treaty with Kim Jong-un but US president’s participation is a huge wild card
Pedestrians walk past a banner showing two hands shaking to form the shape of the Korean Peninsula to support the upcoming inter-Korean summit, at Seoul City Hall on April 18, 2018. South Korea is seeking to open discussions about formally declaring an end to the war with the nuclear-armed North at a rare inter-Korean summit next week, officials said on April 18. / AFP PHOTO / Jung Yeon-je / Getty Images

On the same day that the White House confirmed that secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo met the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korea suggested that its president, Moon Jae-in, would seek a peace treaty with North Korea when he meets Kim later the month. That would replace the armistice that has been in place on the peninsula since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.

Events are moving rapidly. Given that barely four months ago we were debating war on the Korean peninsula, this is in equal

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