At Kim-Putin Summit: Theater For Two

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An exchange of polite welcomes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even managed to match Russian President Vladimir Putin’s manspreading — the two sat with knees spread wide apart as they chatted before the start of their first summit. Experts have noted that when Kim met President Donald Trump for the first time, they nearly lunged at each other with hands outstretched for a handshake. They vied several times to lead the other with an alpha male hand on the back. The impression from their second encounter, in Hanoi two months ago, was more measured. The two tended to mirror each other more closely, which is a sign of respect and cooperation rather than aggression. Kim’s first greeting with Putin was more like his performance in Hanoi, though a bit stiffer. It was in some ways similar to an old style Soviet meeting, with a bit of a formal chill to it. He and Putin approached each other with fixed smiles and held an extended handshake for the cameras. It’s often an awkward moment, even for the most experienced politicians. But they appeared relaxed — or perhaps just well-poised — as they also did during the initial part of the talks, which were broadcast live...

Essence of their dialogue? Probably, it will only know Xi Jinping.....

 

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Did they have "fruitful" talks?

 

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1 minute ago, pinto said:

Did they have "fruitful" talks?

After Summit with Kim, Putin says "North Korea may need more than U.S. guarantees to give up nuclear arsenal." 

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These two - caricatures of evil.

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War games are continuing....

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2 minutes ago, damirUSBiH said:

War games are continuing....

Yep. Brothers in arms..

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Putin and Kim both looked very uncomfortable to me. North Korea is between a "Rock and a Hard Place" since China and Russia are its adjoining neighbors. I have always considered them a puppet of China and still do. Kim would probably like close relations with South Korea but it would take a lot of courage to try it. He knows he could end up dead. 

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On 4/25/2019 at 12:07 PM, ronwagn said:

I have always considered them a puppet of China and still do. 

The North Koreans are puppets to nobody, but China does benefit from them in ways pretty much no one else.

North Korea would love to be close to the South, but only to a point. Leadership rarely likes conceding power, especially authoritarian, almost absolute, god-like leaders. The North wants South economic help, but not much else. The North has relied on relatives in the South sending assistance for decades, but that's on a family level, not government one.

The Korean peninsula is a study in the economic effects of embracing the Sino-Soviet economic model, verses the playing the USA's preference. North Korea is very poor, in bad years can't feed itself, and the south has become an economic powerhouse for it's size.

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7 hours ago, John Foote said:

The North Koreans are puppets to nobody, but China does benefit from them in ways pretty much no one else.

North Korea would love to be close to the South, but only to a point. Leadership rarely likes conceding power, especially authoritarian, almost absolute, god-like leaders. The North wants South economic help, but not much else. The North has relied on relatives in the South sending assistance for decades, but that's on a family level, not government one.

The Korean peninsula is a study in the economic effects of embracing the Sino-Soviet economic model, verses the playing the USA's preference. North Korea is very poor, in bad years can't feed itself, and the south has become an economic powerhouse for it's size.

So, John, you do not think that Kim could end up dead if he chose to be friendly with South Korea and cooperate economically with them? 

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