In the Kim-Trump summit, who has the upper hand?
Trump has the smaller hands.
Both have to be very careful with how things play out - but the well being of Kim’s people are on the line, and Trump isn’t risking many lives based off a meeting.
Kim had everything to lose. There’s even more sanctions if he doesn’t agree. He also has everything to win for his own people.
Trump has everything to lose if nothing can be taken away from this meeting that can be construed as even a small win.
Kim has nothing to lose & everything to gain. The meeting alone is a huge propaganda coup for legitimizing his regime. Anything after that is gravy.
Worse comes to worst, Kim can drift off in a crowd of people and disappear - Trump wouldn’t be able to pull that off.
Trump has Kim’s pecker in his pocket.
Trump has nothing to lose in this. If NK changes track then it’s a win. If they continue their nuke program then it’s the same situation that couldn’t be won by the last administrations and the rest of the world
Kim certainly has the upper hand right now. He has a summit with an American president and he is in the center of attention on the world stage. I am hopeful something positive comes out of this for us but right now Kim is in the drivers seat.
The leader who can feed and clothe his people. The leader who allows his citizens to have the Internet. The leader who does not have people dying from hunger. The leader who is not afraid his people will revolt and he be killed in a revolution.
The leader with the most effective country. Trump clearly has the upper hand.
However, Kim is not going to stop producing nuclear weapons. He just needs to remember the US has a lot more and history shows the US will actually use them.
Definitely Kim. He has everything he wants. He has his nukes. It's the US who doesn't have what they want, that is, a denuclearized peninsula. Kim is going in with strength. Trump is going in with his tail between his legs. Plus, Trump is really concerned wit his image. Hell be easily manipulated, as long as a deal is made.
I have concerns about what if the DPRK fully denuclearizes, but I trust Kim to make a good deal. If it's good enough for the DPRK, it's good enough for me.
Kim has zero strength. He’s not who you think he is. He is also on the same side as Trump.
Right, he's some CIA agent.
You’re capable of learning new information, just not believing it.
Kim is getting the benefit from this discussion. The nukes have allowed him a seat at the international table and global legitimacy however the leverage is clearly on the US side. We have tremendous leverage with the already imposed sanctions and military power.
That said its complicated with the court of public opinion. I dont think Trump will get all he’s asking for and he knows he needs a deal for the feather in his cap, so the politicking is going to be interesting with this one.