Trump approach risks disaster, warns architect of previous North Korea talks

Power plays and betraying trust are strategies that ‘could backfire in Asia’, says Japanese former diplomat Hitoshi Tanaka

Donald Trump’s approach to peace talks with North Korea has a high risk of “disastrous” results, according to a former senior Japanese diplomat who led breakthrough negotiations with the previous Kim Jong-il regime.

Hitoshi Tanaka urged the US to understand the importance of trust in Asian cultures as it pushes for a deal to remove Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons.

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Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in New York tonight. Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu.

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