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Wait Just a Minute: Commanding Officer Thomas Bodine on US-North Korea Summit

Our new web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, Navy fellow and commanding officer Thomas Bodine answers questions about the upcoming US-North Korea summit, China’s stake in it, and how it might affect US dealings with Iran.

Wait Just a Minute: Navy Fellow and Commanding Officer Thomas Bodine on US-North Korea Summit

 

Transcript:

I believe it will. I think both leaders are so invested in it happening, both from an international and a domestic side that it will happen. Now will it happen on a time frame? Who knows. But I think ultimately they will get together.

Well, China has a huge stake in it. Obviously, they're within the region, and they've been the closest allies of North Korea. So I think they're very involved and interested in what the outcome will be. So big is how their stake is.

I think yes is the answer. I mean, any time you're dealing with the international stage and international leaders, I think each look at the other and see how they interact, and then use that as either negotiating leverage or for reasons to talk or not to talk. So I think the simple answer is yes.

Somebody that comes to mind immediately is John McCain. Obviously he served his nation in the Navy as a Naval aviator, and then went on to a very long and distinguished career in the US Senate. And just the amount that he has given to this nation from a civil service perspective, I think that alone deserves a lot of admiration.

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