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Should President Trump meet with Kim Jong Un?

President Donald J. Trump was invited to meet with Kim Jong Un. The North Korean dictator sent a letter inviting Trump to meet via a South Korean delegation, and the president has agreed to meet by May. A meeting between Trump and Kim could be a key breakthrough in the growing nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. Trump's detractors point out his temperament could make a bad situation worse. And some critics think the U.S. should not be meeting with dictators so easily. What do you think? 🤔

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President Donald J. Trump accepted an invitation from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to discuss the nuclear crisis. Trump has promised the meeting will happen "by May." The meeting would be the first time a U.S. president will have met with a North Korean leader. 

Here's more from The Guardian:

The invitation to talks was accompanied by an offer to suspend North Korean missile and nuclear tests while talks are underway, the condition that US officials have laid down for the start of any substantive talks.
The invitation was hand-carried by senior South Korean officials who held a meeting with the Kim on Monday in Pyongyang, and emerged claiming a breakthrough in the tense standoff sparked by a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests and a personalised war of words between Kim and Trump, and a sharp expansion of UN and US sanctions.
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Using diplomacy to end the nuclear crisis with North Korea seemed like a lost cause until now. But North Korea's invitation is the perfect chance for the U.S. to sit down with the North Koreans and figure out a deal that will satisfy North Korea's concerns and keep the world safe. The fact that North Korea is extending this offer now means that U.S. policy has been successful—it has forced North Korea to the negotiating table. 

While people constantly doubt Trump, it's clear something is working. President Trump constantly touts his skills as a negotiator and dealmaker, so let's see him put it to work. This could be the best chance the world has at avoiding a military solution to the nuclear crisis. Otherwise, millions could die.  

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Let's face the facts: a meeting with Kim Jong Un is normally a good thing. But a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald J. Trump is not necessarily a good thing. Trump is famously temperamental; not a character trait you want in a nuclear weapons negotiator. Trump has habitually engaged in self-sabotage. The past two years in the White House has been one unforced error after the other. 

There is no way that Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un would end well.

At another level, a meeting with Trump is exactly what the North Koreans want. Experts theorize that a large part of North Korea's saber-rattling is a calculated move to remain an important player on the international stage. It's obvious the international community and North Korea do not play well. To this end, North Korea thinks it can punch above its weight on the international stage by acting out and threatening its neighbors and the U.S. 

Here's how North Korea expert Jeffrey Lewis puts it:

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