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The biggest news story of the week was the historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday morning Australian time. We have been glued to the rolling news coverage in the Unshackled offices so I thought it would be good to do a special show analyzing the meeting. To do so I was joined for the first time on the Unshackled Waves by our Melbourne Bureau Chief Morgan Munro.

We start by reflecting on how we got to this summit and it began with tough talk from by Trump and Kim about who had the better nuclear weapons which included Trump’s famous Twitter insults. Progressives hysterically claimed Trump would start World War 3 but his tough talk actually exposed North Korea’s hollow threats and together with sanctions against them actually being enforced this time it brought North Korea to the negotiating table. There was first the meeting between Kim John-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in the demilitarized zone where they signed Panmunjom Declaration pledging nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and possible reunification.

Trump said his meeting Kim was “very very good” and went “better than expected”. He heaped praise on Kim saying “he’s got a great personality,” and “He’s a funny guy, he’s very smart, he’s a great negotiator”. Now the left is saying Trump is being too nice to him and legitimising a dictator who has starved and terrorized his own people and killed members of his own family. Conservatives have also expressed concern that Trump suspending military exercises with South Korea gave too much away. But Trump can go back to his strong arm tactics in an instant, the sanctions still remain until denuclearization and the left are never going to be satisfied or want peace on the Korean Peninsula if it is achieved by Trump.

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