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How to Judge the Hanoi Summit

Behind the pomp and ceremony of US President Donald Trump's latest summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it may be difficult to discern what, if anything, has been accomplished. But If what happens in Hanoi is judged according to the criteria of the past, success may be mistaken for failure.

LOS ANGELES – US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are now meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit. In assessing the outcome, optimists and pessimists alike should focus on three criteria: irreversible progress toward a formal peace settlement, denuclearization, and the potential transformation of the North Korean regime.