Asia Abridged Podcast: A 'Bonanza' for Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un and President Trump congratulate each other following Tuesday's summit in Singapore.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (Kevin Lim/Straits Times/Handout/Getty Images)

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Following the conclusion of Tuesday's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump boasted that Pyongyang "no longer posed a nuclear threat." But according to two of America's most prominent experts on North Korean nuclear diplomacy, the United States walked away from the summit with remarkably little to show for itself — and that the meeting was a "bonanza" for Kim. 

In this episode of Asia Abridged, Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy Daniel Russel and former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman explain why the Singapore summit was such a disappointment for the United States and how Kim Jong Un has gained a formidable position in respect to the countries trying to contain North Korea's nuclear program.

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Matt Schiavenza is the Assistant Director of Content at Asia Society. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Fortune, and strategy + business among other publications.