Podcast: Over-Hyping CIA Director’s Visit to North Korea’s Kim?

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Getting behind attention-grabbing headlines about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, I used a chat with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Wednesday afternoon to raise questions about the significance.

The discussion was reportedly to set up the face-to-face between Kim and Donald Trump in late May or early June, but I questioned whether that occasion might be a disappointment, given the lack of clarity on the substance of the discussions. And I suggested that the important maneuvers are taking place elsewhere, between the two Koreas and with regional powers like China.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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