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A surprise non-meeting, from start to finish

Nobody ever thought that the June summit planned in Singapore between the United States and North Korea was going to be a walk in the park for either party.

Neither did anyone expect US President Donald Trump to undermine his latest addition to the Cabinet, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, so soon after having seen off his first choice for that position, Mr Rex Tillerson, over a series of disagreements over the conduct of US foreign policy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'A surprise non-meeting, from start to finish'. Print Edition | Subscribe