Wendy Sherman: ‘Kim Jong-Un Has Played the President Like a Stradivarius Violin’
SHERMAN: "I think what’s different here is that Kim Jong-un has played the president like a Stradivarius violin. He has used the time and the photo ops to gain credibility internationally, while at the same time gaining time to continue to develop his weapons and indeed probably does have a new strategic weapon, at least on its way to reality. Though I think what’s important here, Frances, is two things. One, Kim Jong-un is signaling that he’s still open to diplomacy, though what his objectives are is to reduce the sanctions or get rid of them entirely, whereas the President’s objective is denuclearization which isn't going to happen anytime soon. And secondly, Kim Jong-un is watching what’s happening in the rest of the world with China, in Iraq, with Iran, and all of that says to him that the President of the United States is in a much weaker position."