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Kim reportedly is willing to denuclearize and eager to talk directly to Trump, who has agreed.The U.S. never attacked North Korea in the decades after 1953, when it clearly did not have the bomb. Conversely, the North's growing nuclear capability provoked the U.S. into quietly preparing for war while hoping to avert one. Kim will not trust unilateral U.S. guarantees.The Kim-Trump summit is an opportunity that will be difficult to seize and easy to squander.Without extensive diplomatic groundwork, the wily Kim could outsmart Trump.Participation in the Winter Olympics and willingness to sit down with Trump have already given the North a propaganda boost and a summit with the U.S. president will confer legitimacy on Kim.
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