Trump’s maximum pressure train hits buffers with Abe’s doomed Iran mission

The Guardian | Jun 14, 2019 at 6:18 PM
  • Shinzo Abe’s trip to Tehran this week turned out to be one of the more ill-fated mediation efforts of recent times.
  • It is evident Trump got onboard the maximum pressure train because he thought it would take him to the same destination as its North Korean equivalent – a glamorous summit and another “deal of the century”, the details of which would be of secondary importance to the statesmanlike atmospheric.
  • Trump is now hostage to his relationship with Kim, pointing to the “beautiful” letters he still receives from the 35-year-old North Korean leader as a distraction from the complete absence of disarmament.