Issue Brief on “The Upcoming Trump-Kim Summit: What to Expect?”

After more than a year  of heightened tensions between the US and North Korea whereby  the leaders of the two countries exchanged heated threats and counter threats, the two leaders have agreed to meet. The breakthrough in relations came through as a result of South Korean diplomatic efforts in March 2018.

South Korean delegation, led by National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong, met with Kim Jong-un in the headquarters of the Korean Worker’s Party who expressed willingness to talk about denuclearization and extended an invitation to Trump for a summit meeting.[1] The delegation then delivered the message to the US president who agreed to meet Kim, thus setting the stage for the first-ever presidential-level US-North Korea summit in late May or early June.

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