June 02, 2020

Why, despite its superficiality, Sunday’s Panmunjom meeting is cause for optimism
An impromptu summit suggests the two sides increasingly need a deal — and are willing to compromise

In the two years which have passed since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, North Korea watchers have grown used to symbolism and political theater.

Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have always paid a great deal of attention to what is now fashionably known as "optics," often at the expense of substance.