On June 12, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at a historic summit in Singapore – the first meeting between leaders of the two countries. It was a stunning piece of political showmanship but the long-term effects are uncertain.
The summit came about after Trump accepted an invitation from Kim to meet. It almost didn’t happen, with Trump canceling in May when the two got into a spat, only to call it back on again within days.
When Trump and Kim finally met in Singapore, they issued a statement that the North would commit “to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Trump hailed the agreement, calling it “a very great moment in the history of the world,” but international critics said the wording was too vague and that “denuclearization” meant very different things to the two countries.
On Dec. 20, the North said it wouldn’t give up its nuclear weapons unless the U.S. removed its nuclear threats from the Peninsula and areas neighboring it.