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Trump-Kim summit a step away from war, but light on detail

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump shake hands
Kim Jong-un and President Trump, after the Singapore summit's signing ceremony on June 12, 2018. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

The Singapore summit was textbook Trump, namely, his equation of the personal and chemistry with policy and accomplishment. The problem is less (as so many are saying) the legitimacy the president accorded the North Korean leader, so much as the one-sided outcome that yielded little in the way of substance.

Between the lines: The released statement is almost entirely aspirational. There are no definitions of denuclearization, no specifics as to the requirements of verification, and no timelines. History would suggest that implementation is everything when it comes to North Korea, yet there is nothing firm about what is to be done or when or how.