Comment to the NY Times:
You have to say Trump got what he wanted—something that he could sell as an accomplishment for the mid-term elections. Kim of course had a stronger negotiating position, since he didn’t need a deal in the same way. What we’ve got is a repeat of the way this process started: Trump gives in to Kim and gets lauded as a peacemaker. Maybe the press will grow up.
Kim got a cancellation of military exercises—a clear signal of US disengagement in the area. Good news for him and for China. The US got nothing, since sanctions were effectively abandoned by China when the negotiation process started. Kim’s statement of principles is no more of a commitment than what he’s said all along.
It also needs to be noted that the whole affair amounts to a ringing endorsement of nuclear proliferation.
Best quote thus far (from the Guardian):
Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican), tweeted: “We support diplomacy and peaceful solutions. But there is no agreement on nuclear disarmament and this all looked more like a big welcome party to the nuclear-armed club.”