Who gained and who lost what from the Trump-Kim summit

Second, Trump has effectively cashed in the chips earned from the earlier policy of “maximum pressure.” Since the initial agreement to hold a summit was announced in Washington, Kim has met with the leaders of South Korea (twice), China (also twice) and Singapore, not to mention the foreign minister and Russia. If Kim’s hand is clean enough for the President of the United States to shake, then who else will refuse it? After about a year of deepening diplomatic isolation and stringent enforcement of sanctions, North Korea can look forward to improved political and economic ties around the world.

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