Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan's economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president's heart.
Without its communist Soviet-style economy, North Korea would just be South Korea.
With all the drama between Trump and Kim, it’s easy to forget that the US is not the only nation involved in denuclearizing North Korea. China is hugely influential — but it's not clear quite how.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's risky unreliability will diminish as his country builds ties with South Korea. So Korean unification may be a better focus for Tuesday's summit than denuclearization.
Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.