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A Handshake Decades in the Making

Trump’s much-hyped meeting with Kim Jong Un upended the old ways of negotiating with the North Koreans.
Source: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

“It was not easy to get here,” Kim Jong Un said shortly after meeting Donald Trump on Tuesday morning in Singapore. This, after the ravages of the Korean War, decades of violent flare-ups in a conflict that never really ended, 25 years of failed nuclear negotiations, and many months of Trump and Kim threatening each other with nuclear armageddon, was quite the understatement.

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