Turnbull and Trump to Focus on North Korea

Kevin Rudd on CNBC

On May 4, 2017 Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd spoke on CNBC's "Squawk Box” about what to expect from the imminent meeting in New York between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Rudd emphasized that the tense phone call that took place between the two leaders in January would not endanger longstanding U.S.-Australia relations. President Trump has done well overcoming the cultural divide between himself and President Xi Jinping of China, so he will have no trouble working with Prime Minister Turnbull, Rudd argued.

The most critical topic of conversation between the two leaders will be North Korea. According to Rudd, they will discuss whether Kim Jong-un will respond to international pressure regarding his nuclear program and how to get China to “turn the dial” and utilize its leverage to change North Korean behavior. (4 min., 39 sec.) 

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