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In the meantime, to build confidence, Trump has agreed to halt U.S. military exercises with South Korea, and Kim has agreed to stop testing missiles and nuclear bombs.Being honest about what was achieved in Singapore is important, not to diminish Trump's accomplishment, which is real and substantial, but to make clear what must come next. Usually a summit is the conclusion of meticulous detail work; in this case, the order is reversed: Trump and Kim have had their handshake; now their aides start the grunt work.Robert Carlin, a veteran CIA and State Department analyst of North Korea, argues that worrying about having the big guys' get-together first "is a little silly". For decades, he explained in an email, the U.S. has known that it needed to engage the North Korean leader directly to make any progress. Trump's consigliere in closing the deal will be Pompeo, who has emerged from the Korea diplomacy as Trump's paramount aide. Carlin notes that in Kim's public message on his way to Singapore, he listed these same three points, in the same order.If Trump thinks he has done the heavy lifting, he may lose patience and move on.
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