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CFR's Snyder: Need to See More From Trump Out of Summit

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President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:06 PM

President Donald Trump has set too low a bar for North Korea, says the director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Trump and Kim are set to meet next week in Vietnam for their second summit.

"There is a good team, but one of the things I worry about is how well President Trump is working with his team and the other issue is that President Trump has set too low a bar by saying he would be happy just with nuclear and missile testing restraint from North Korea," Scott Snyder during an interview with Bloomberg.

"We really need to see more coming out of this meeting, including an actual process where we are addressing denuclearization along with peace."

The U.S. and North Korea started diplomatic efforts last year, and since the North has suspended nuclear and missile tests and dismantled its nuclear testing site and parts of its long-range rocket launch facility.

Kim, though, might want sanctions relief to do more.

"For North Korea, abandoning the Yongbyon complex is a fairly big (negotiating) card . . . so the North will likely try to win some economic benefits," Chon Hyun-joon, president of the Institute of Northeast Asia Peace Cooperation Studies in South Korea, said last week.

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The bar has been set too low for North Korea by President Donald Trump, according to the director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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