There is scant US press on this at the moment but several hours ago the Telegraph reported Donald Trump 'accepts Kim Jong-un's invitation to visit North Korea'.

"Kim Jong-un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong-un to visit the US," KCNA reported.

"The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations," the report added, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.

"Kim Jong-un said in order to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realise its denuclearisation, the two countries should commit themselves to refraining from antagonising... each other out of mutual understanding," KCNA reported.

Current and former US defence officials expressed concern at the possibility the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang.

Body Language

There is an interesting video in that link on body language. I played others but that was the best one I could find. It does not embed.

Here is one that is more general, not related to to the visit with Kim.



Misguided Pundits

Misguided pundits bitch and moan that North Korea got a "better deal".

For example Vox moans Trump just struck a shockingly weak deal with North Korea.

One person on Twitter (a chickenhawk) called Trump a coward.

My Take

The deal looks even better now than it did this morning

This is what I said 16 hours ago I commend Trump: Trump and Kim Jong Un Sign Agreement.

" I suspect many will think Trump caved in. I think this was Trump's finest moment as president."

I am an equal party basher. I have blasted Trump for weeks on end over his trade policy.

Many people will never be happy with Trump no matter what he does.

Everyone Wins

It doesn't matter who got the better deal as long as both sides win, and both sides did win.

Trump agreeing to go to North Korea and Kim to the US is an amazing achievement.

Let the peace begin.

MIke "Mish" Shedlock

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