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Any summit between the leaders of North Korean and the U.S. — regardless of the outcome — is likely to be a big win for Pyongyang, according to the former top American diplomat for the Asia-Pacific region.

Daniel Russel, who served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs until March 2017, told The Japan Times this week during a visit to Tokyo that merely holding a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, expected before the end of next month, would be a boon for Pyongyang.

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