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Korea war risks have risen despite summit diplomacy

Trump-Kim deal is possible but gap over total denuclearization remains dangerously wide

| North Korea
Women attend a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump near the U.S. embassy in Seoul on May 25.   © Reuters

So what happens now with the diplomatic poker game over the Korean Peninsula? All is not yet lost for negotiated solutions, but the risks are mounting.

A month ago, I warned in the Nikkei Asian Review of the dangers of summit diplomacy, soon after news broke of the planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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