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US-North Korea summit draws attention toward South Korean involvement

The Christian Science Monitor
US-North Korea summit draws attention toward South Korean involvement

When South Korean president Moon Jae-in shuttled between North Korea and the United States to broker their first-ever summit, he faced both praise and criticism over whether he was a peacemaking mediator or was helping North Korea find ways to weaken US-led economic sanctions. A day after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their summit in Singapore, is it clearer whether President Jae-in played a positive or negative role? Assessments of Jae-in's diplomacy have become more divisive and complex, with Mr. Trump criticized in both South Korea and the US for the concessions he made to North Korea, while others believe the summit will successfully prolong the current mood of detente.