Abrupt End to US-North Korean Summit Disappoints Experts, But Some See Prospect of Future Negotiations

Executive Director John Tierney was quoted in Radio Free Asia about the end of the second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Former congressman John Tierney, now the executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation agreed, saying “The leaders’ role is to pull rabbits out of the hat, but technical experts and diplomats, their job is to put rabbits into the hat.”

He was critical of those who believed the president had negotiation skills sufficient enough to resolve these issues on a one-to-one basis.

“Now I think we can hope that the reality TV portion of the program is over. We can hope that the president finally allows those experienced technocrats and diplomats to get to work with their counterparts from North Korea, and work toward a process to build trust with some incremental, reciprocal actions that would lead to a desired result,” he added. Read more