fredag 9. mars 2018

Kim Dynasty Sat Down With a U.S. Leader Before, With Few Results

If President Trump meets with Kim Jong-un, it will not be the first time a top American official has negotiated face to face with a member of the Kim dynasty. At the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency, his secretary of state, Madeleine K. Albright, flew to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, and spent six hours trying to persuade Kim Jong-il, the father of Kim Jong-un, to suspend his missile tests.

I was among the large group of reporters who traveled with her on the plane, joining a retinue that included the State Department’s nuclear and North Korea experts. The trip was announced on short notice; nobody knew what to expect as we left Washington in October 2000, shortly before Mr. Clinton was to leave office.