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Maryland Korean-Americans 'cautiously optimistic' as historic summit looms

Maryland Korean-Americans 'cautiously optimistic' as historic summit looms

As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Koreans and Korean-Americans in Maryland are watching intently.

To Cecelia Chyu, a doctor of oriental medicine from Ellicott City, Kim’s polite manner during his visit to South Korea last month suggests he can be trusted when he says he’s committed to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Samuel Ahn, a retired obstetrician from Westminster, is far more skeptical.

“The rumor is that he has been taking acting lessons for two years” to learn how better to deceive the West, Ahn said. “He definitely came prepared.”

Their disagreement reflects the diversity of views among Koreans as the world awaits...

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