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Author Topic: The North Korea thread (aka We Need to Talk About Korea)  (Read 246 times)

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Trump pulls out (LOL) of North Korea summit...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44242558



I suppose we should have expected this to fall through. Ah well.

Maybe - or this is, once again, just posturing for maximum leverage.  It's kind of how you do business deals.  Not saying it WILL happen, just that this could be a message sent that "we hold the cards, not you".

What that didn't take long.  Just as I thought - it's a leverage game.  This could go back and forth for a while, but eventually I think they'll meet: 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/trump-us-in-productive-talks-about-reinstating-june-north-korea-summit-idUSKCN1IQ02Y


I've read some ROK press, and their reactions were quite mixed. Most say the fact two Korean leaders met again yesterday, at the North's request, proves the plan is working. Still, others do not appreciate the uncertainty, especially when one of Moon's aides actually said he thought there would be a 99.9% chance of the summit happening right before Trump sent the letter saying he would pull out. Of course, opposition blames the aide for inexperience instead. Earlier this month, some in the opposition even claimed Moon and Kim begged the US to choose June 12th for the summit so that it would occur a day before the local elections in South Korea, which was really funny.

Interesting info.  I certainly haven't read anything from the ROK perspective.  I have just found it pretty hysterical that so many people were quick to dismiss US pulling out as a "failure" and "the end of negotiations", when the guy who pulled us out literally wrote a book about walking away from the table to gain leverage in negotiations.  From our end, I had very little doubt that it was a leverage ploy that had a good chance of succeeding - but there are so many in the media here that want him to fail that they couldn't wait to take shots at us pulling out.  In a great twist of irony, some past presidents have been SOOOO eager to make a deal that they would give away the farm to get ANY deal done - probably because they have no clue how to negotiate.

When I bought my car last year, we walked away from the dealership on 5 separate occasions.  They kept lowering the price each time.  Finally, they got within a few hundred dollars of the original price I had set.  I worked the negotiations in a very similar way, and I got the car for like $275 more than originally offered.  They came down almost $6,000.  My walking away was never once a failure - it was calculated negotiations.

 

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