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President Donald Trump wanted to go ahead with the Singapore summit, but his dealmaker’s instincts warned him that the North Koreans were preparing to be recalcitrant, so he seized the initiative with a quick cancellation.

Before you hasten to criticize, ask yourself — which side has the upper hand now? North Korea has, for the first time, sent its “god”/leader into the South to meet the South Korean president, finally, clearly recognizing that state’s existence. It has also clearly put destruction of its nuclear program on the agenda.

Above all, Trump demonstrated that he will not pursue an agreement for its own sake (unlike Obama). He/we have the upper hand, and I look forward to renewed talks leading to a positive conclusion.

Kenneth Tickner, Seattle