“I think that Trump, Kim, and Moon is the perfect combination — this meeting would not have happened with Hilary Clinton, or Park Geun-hye.
Moon Jae-in acted as a successful facilitator in making this summit happen, while Trump wants to make a deal.
As for Kim Jong Un, he was raised in Switzerland and has experienced Western culture. He wants to make progress with the US, and open up his economy making North Korea a “prosperous nation.” I don’t think this will be a one-time summit: There will no doubt be more negotiations and summits, but this is a great starting point.
I don’t think anything significant will happen after the summit. It’s a stepping stone to bridge the gap. They will no doubt try to reach an agreement to denuclearize and provide economic support, but this will take time.
Yes, people might think Trump’s approach is unorthodox, abnormal, and amateurish, but I think this could all happen because of his approach. No other politician in the US could have had a summit because no one has ever recognized North Korea as a proper nation. But this could happen because it’s Trump.
Ultimately his approach might actually have a positive impact.”
—Park Tae-hoon, a 27-year-old political science graduate student from Seoul