Tuesday’s summit, the culmination of six turbulent months, will center on the denuclearization of North Korea.
Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Flickr
The leaders of the United States and North Korea will meet on Tuesday in Singapore for a much-anticipated summit that is likely to determine the fate of a decades-long conflict, as well as serve as the ultimate test of policy and resilience for both of them.
The summit comes after six turbulent months in which the tensions between the two countries rose to new heights and then suddenly seemed to calm down.
In September, while speaking at the UN General Assembly, Trump threatened that the US could “totally destroy North Korea,” referring to Kim as “rocket man.” In response, Kim called Trump “a mentally deranged US dotard.”
In March, North Korea officially invited Trump for a meeting with Kim, which Trump accepted. The meeting has since been cancelled by Trump and then called back on.
In April, North Korea issued a surprise statement announcing it will no longer conduct nuclear and missile tests and will instead work to promote peace in the Korean Peninsula. A week later, the leaders of North and South Korea met for the first time in a decade and pledged to work together to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and end the war.
The two leaders arrived in Singapore on Sunday, hours apart from each other. They will meet tomorrow to discuss the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Before his departure, Trump said he would be able to tell “within the first minute” whether Kim is serious about making significant steps forward.