demand for lifting the sanctions at one go, nor will Pyongyang dismantle all its nuclear facilit
ies and destroy its nuclear weapons in compliance with Washington’s demand.
Perhaps this lack of mutual trust prevented Kim and Trump from signing any agreem
ents at their second summit. Or maybe they didn’t sign any agreements because the two sides had not m
ade good preparations to reach consensuses on even very important issues.
With no agreements planned in advance, all the problems were left for the two leaders to dis
cuss and decide. And even if the two leaders have formed a good personal friendship, as Trump claimed, th
ey cannot be expected to compromise their countries’ positions on complicated historical issues.
Yet the second summit cannot be regarded as a failure, especia
lly because the Trump administration has left room for further talks with Pyongyang.