So what would you say to Trump and Kim Jong-un?

  Cymro. 09:37 09 Mar 2018

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Whatever we think of these two we must wish them success when they eventually do meet up. So suppose you had a chance to have a few words with them before they meet what advice would you give them.

  Forum Editor 09:51 09 Mar 2018

Remember that the essence of a successful negotiation is to give, as well as take, and that afterwards any hint of triumphalism is to be avoided at all costs.

Nobody should ever leave a negotiation looking like a loser.

  Belatucadrus 10:09 09 Mar 2018

any hint of triumphalism is to be avoided at all costs.

Trump and Kim, avoid triumphalism. Like that's ever going to happen. Maybe the next generation will have more luck.

  Forum Editor 10:22 09 Mar 2018

"Like that's ever going to happen."

It must.

Both leaders want to look good in their own countries, and of course nothing world-changing is going to happen overnight after this meeting, but it could be a very good start.

Kim Jong-un is desperate to see an end to sanctions that are biting deep into the North Korean economy, and Donald Trump wants to be seen to be the man who saved the world from North Korea's aggressive nuclear policy. The one thing that all totalitarian regimes fear most is that extreme poverty and starvation will lead to a peoples' revolution, initiated by an army coup and North Koreans certainly know all about poverty and food shortages. America wants to feel good about itself again, and Trump might just be the man to bring that about... if he can rein in his natural tendency to strut and bully. He's not dealing with a pushover in Kim, and I hope he listens to those who will counsel him to proceed with great caution.

There is a real and rare opportunity for change here, and we should all wish both men success. The denuclearisation of North Korea would bring sighs of relief all across the region, and prepare the ground for an end to hostilities between the North and the South.

  Aitchbee 12:28 09 Mar 2018

I hope that they will have forgotten about all of the deeply personal abuse that both parties indulged in just a few months ago. Most men are good at 'making up after a tiff' ;o]. It's in our genes. I'll be disappointed if this first tete-a-tete doesn't produce some optimism for further 'buddy' talks.

  Govan1x 12:55 09 Mar 2018

Now if you ever seen the film Twins. I was just thinking they are exactly whats needed for a Twins 2 sequal.

  alanrwood 15:19 09 Mar 2018

Tweedledum and Tweedledee ???????

  Al94 19:13 09 Mar 2018

Remember that the essence of a successful negotiation is to give, as well as take, and that afterwards any hint of triumphalism is to be avoided at all costs. Nobody should ever leave a negotiation looking like a loser.

So true, pity the likes of our local politicians in Northern Ireland fail to get this basic truth!

  Aitchbee 21:04 11 Mar 2018

So true, pity the likes of our local politicians in Northern Ireland fail to get this basic truth!

It might be a blessing-in-disguise that Trump and Kim will have translators to help them communicate with each other, so in theory nothing will be lost in translation. [ when compared to Irish politicians, who are liable to misconstrue every sentence or dance on the proverbial head-of-a-pin when it suits their particular side. ]

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