Will Trump/Kim summit pave the way for future results?

David Blake
June 12, 2018 - 1:43 pm

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The historic meeting between North Korea's dictator and an American president didn't bring any concrete agreements, but will it set the table for future deals?

At Tulane University, International Relations professor Chris Fettweis believes North Korea wants to end its isolation and enjoy economic benefits, but he says human rights abuses are bound to get in the way.

''They would certainly like to trade with the rest of the world, but we would have to ask ourselves, 'do we want to be trading with what is still the most cruel and inhuman country in the world?'" Fettweis said.

Fettweis also believes the summit is important for symbolic reasons, if nothing else. He says many of his colleagues agree.

''We're now not on the road to confrontation, and we're not heading toward a big problem like we were a few months ago,'' said Fettweiss.

Fettweis says if nothing else, it may have prevented a bloody war, and he reminds people that the North Korean government has made promises in the past that it didn't keep.

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