Mintaro Oba is a contributing analyst to NK Pro. He was worked as a political speechwriter and is a former Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.
Much will depend on how the two sides manage expectations
Cool heads will need to prevail if military action is to be avoided
While not a game-changer, the decision to scuttle the JCPOA sends the wrong message to Pyongyang
The diplomacy of the coming months will be shaped by what Moon and Kim agreed on Friday
Tokyo can hedge its bets by siding with Trump - or position itself as a more moderating force
Ahead of the historic meeting, White House officials must make sure the President is ready - and that expectations are managed
With a DPRK-U.S. summit on the horizon, the State Department finds itself without a leader
The President will have a tough time filling the shoes of a consummate negotiator
Washington must avoid undermining inter-Korean progress
The President's outburst risks damaging the credibility of the State Department
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