Robert E. Kelly is a professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University, in Busan, South Korea, and writes AsianSecurityBlog. (June 2018)

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Trump’s North Korean Nuclear Theatrics

A railway station TV screen showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Seoul, South Korea, May 16, 2018

From the repeal of Obamacare to trade with China, from his border wall to an infrastructure plan, Trump’s overexposure of his proposals by stimulating a media frenzy through his own shenanigans routinely undercuts his efforts. There probably is room for a US-North Korean deal—both sides seem to want the summit—but Trump’s propensity to turn every major policy initiative into a personal melodrama may well undercut his Korea effort, too. Pyongyang may judge that it cannot trust someone so unstable and prone to change his mind.