Doug Mills/ New York Times

The Scene:

President Trump's self-congratulatory tone on North Korea is quickly fading. After a White House visit and meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump stated his belief that Kim "had a different attitude" after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and that the highly-anticipated June 12th meeting may have to "happen later."

The Takes:  

The Berkeley Political Review's Hyung-il Shim pushes for a 'something-is-better-than-nothing' diplomatic approach, and stresses that "despite Trump's rhetoric...Kim Jong-Un is a rational leader." Because of that rationality, "there is at least a possibility he will negotiate with Washington.

On the Texas Orator's podcast, Wes Dodson pumps the brakes on tempting yet premature conjecture - coins included - reminding us that we are still missing the "A-B connections" and diplomatic elbow-grease that went into planning the summit and recent hostage release. South Korea's efforts "got the ball rolling," but what got "the ball rolling so fast is what we don't know."

 A piece in the Wash U Political Review describes the compulsory military service that looms large over some Korean students as they follow the chaotic saga: "Every male...will spend at least two years of their life after they turn 18 serving in the military."

The Bottom Line:

Trump's apprehensive tone yesterday suggests the Trump-Kim summit could see significant changes in the stipulated terms so as to fit both men's ever-changing demands. If the summit happens, it could look substantially different from its original advertisement. Meeting with President Xi Jinping caused a shift in Kim's attitude - whether by causation or correlation. Trump is shrugging on the details in case the meeting's date or terms change.

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