U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/File Photo
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No one yet knows what deals U.S. President Donald Trump may have struck with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private two-hour meeting in Helsinki.In addition to backsliding in its working-level negotiations with the United States, the Kim regime has continued to solidify its position as a nuclear-weapons state.After threatening North Korea with total destruction last year, Trump made a major concession to Kim by agreeing to attend the summit in June.Trump prefers top-down decision-making, so it remains to be seen how he will respond to intelligence reports about the North's duplicity.Equally worrying is Trump's unpredictable behavior toward U.S. allies. Trump's silence on the latest North Korea intelligence – to say nothing of his siding with Putin over his own intelligence agencies on charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election – will further deepen allies' anxieties.Trump may not like it, but he must call out Kim's duplicity, especially given the latest intelligence.White House officials are now suggesting that Trump could use the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September to hold another meeting with Kim, as if rekindling the two leaders' "bromance" will lead to serious negotiations.Instead, Trump needs to put substance before spectacle, above all by confronting Kim with the latest intelligence findings.
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