EDITORIAL: Hiccups en route to peace


The path to de-nuclearizing North Korea hasn’t even begun, and the early optimism of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has given way to a starkly different reality of stalled progress and back and forth barbs in the diplomatic backwash of reality. On Thursday, the Pyongyang government called Trump administration officials “servile mouthpieces” and accused the likes of Messrs. Bolton and Pompeo of fabricating “all kinds of falsehoods.”

The president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said this week that “North Korea has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.” But the president’s own advisers say denuclearization on the peninsula could — and should — take a decade or more.

Outwardly, President Trump and Mr. Kim are still projecting optimism. The two have become pen pals since the handshake that shook the world. Calling it “a nice note,” President Trump posted a letter from Mr.

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