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From May to July 2018, South Korean news editorials continued to focus on bilateral dynamics among the two Koreas, the United States, and China. On inter-Korean relations, analysts assessed the second inter-Korean summit, which followed the North’s unilateral suspension of high-level talks and momentary refusal to allow South Korean journalists at the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site. On US-Korean relations, analysts discussed the Moon-Trump summit and Trump’s sudden cancelation of his meeting with Kim, which—in spite of all preceding qualms—eventually transpired as scheduled. On China-Korean relations, analysts evaluated Kim’s third visit to China following his meeting with Trump. This report reviews the domestic debate in South Korea before, during, and after the Singapore summit, widely heralded as an “historic” first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

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