Daily Memo: Prospects for Denuclearization, an Attack in Kashmir, a Defeat for Brexit

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GPF Staff |February 15, 2019

Taming expectations. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. goal at the Feb. 27-28 meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi was merely to “get as far down the road as we can” on North Korean denuclearization. His comments aren’t particularly surprising given that Washington has been trying to set lower expectations on North Korean denuclearization for a while now. Earlier this week, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun told a parliamentary delegation from Seoul that the two sides had yet to narrow their differences on denuclearization, though new possible concessions had been put on the table. Last month, U.S. intelligence chiefs effectively said full denuclearization wasn’t going to happen. It’s a dramatic change from the rhetoric that both preceded and followed the Singapore summit last May. But by managing expectations, Washington is trying to prevent itself from being boxed into

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