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Dennis P. Halpin
Dennis P. Halpin, a former Foreign Service Officer and senior Congressional staff, is a consultant on Asian issues.
The recent soirée of the Supreme Leader and the U.S. President at the DMZ cemented the image that current unconventional diplomacy with North Korea is based almost entirely on the pair’s personal chemistry. “I love the guy,” President Trump publicly noted.
If there was any question of this, the fact that the national security team of North Korea skeptics was sidelined during the DMZ event leaves little doubt -- North Korea hawk John Bolton was even dispatched out of the way to Mongolia.