Who will be the winners in a Trump-Kim deal?

What if United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really do make a deal?

There is plenty of reason for scepticism. Why would Mr Kim surrender the nuclear weapons programme he has worked so hard to expand? Why would the US withdraw its 28,500 troops? How can Mr Kim build a sustainable North Korean economy that relieves him of the need to blackmail his way to financial help? There are other unanswered questions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Who will be the winners in a Trump-Kim deal?'. Print Edition | Subscribe