Podcast: Week in Review — North Korea Plays Trump; An Iran Deal Shredded; Brexit Battle in UK

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang April 2018

In our weekly review of US and UK politics, I joined Paul Ross of talkRADIO early Friday to discuss Donald Trump’s claim of victory as a summit with North Korea nears; Trump’s ripping up of the Iran nuclear deal; and the UK Government’s Brexit problem as the House of Lords votes down more proposals in the departure from the European Union.

This is a triumph built on shaky foundations. Donald Trump is playing photo-opportunity checkers while North Korea plays three-dimensional chess.

By offering Trump his moment of glory, by giving him the face-to-face with Kim, North Korea gives Trump the flattery he likes — even a welcome distraction from his domestic troubles — while setting in stone the key issues, like denuclearization, even before the summit takes place.

Listen from 14:29 in 0100-0130 Segment

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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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