Trump, Kim Jong-un in historic handshake and summit at Singapore
For decades, North Korea has been a secluded country but its attempt to join the world stage, now demonstrated with Mr. Jong-un’s trip to Singapore, could end its isolation.
Today’s meeting comes largely as a surprise to a lot of people across the world since by this time in 2017, North Korea was testing ballistic missiles, and the president of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Jong-un were trading threats and insults. Now, both sides are talking peace, based on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump first announced plans for a summit with Jong-Un on March 8 after South Korean diplomats relayed an invitation from North Korea. To the surprise of Americans, Trump accepted the invitation.
After an initial silence from North Korea, it was later acknowledged that the summit may hold in early April then American and North Korean diplomats commenced unfaltering consultations in preparation for the historic meeting.
The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, made two trips to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where he personally met with Mr. Jong-un in secret. As part of their improved relations, North Korea released three Americans who were held in custody in May, a move largely seen as a gesture of goodwill.
According to reports, Mr. Jong-un also agreed to destroy the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and followed through before a battery of Western reporters in May, although most of the reporters said they were unsure of what they actually witnessed as they are not nuclear technology experts.
In spite of some hitches that threatened the planned meeting since then up till the period scheduled for the summit, Trump and Jong-un both arrived Singapore on June 10 for the meeting.
There is still much doubt what the summit would achieve and experts believe Mr. Trump cannot demand for too much because he has little knowledge about nuclear capabilities of North Korea.
The POTUS addresses the media to provide insight into what transpired between him and the North Korean President at their private talks, which is expected to last two hours.
But no matter the outcome of the meeting, most commentators agree that a historic milestone was already achieved in world diplomacy.