Trump, Kim Arrive in Singapore Ready to Make History
The eagle has landed. So has the serpent. President Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore ahead of the June 12 Summit. The meeting is scheduled for 9 p.m Eastern on June 12, or 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday. Trump is traveling with John Bolton, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeo.
…Create peace and great prosperity for his land. I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
The meeting is historic because a sitting president has never met with the leader of North Korea. He is embarking into the unknown, with high hopes for success.
“It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident. I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won’t have that opportunity again.” President Trump
North Korea has said it’s willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with a reliable security assurance and other benefits. But many, if not all analysts, say that this is highly unlikely, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the only protection he has.
Any nuclear deal will hinge on North Korea’s willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country’s warheads and radioactive materials, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities.
Another possibility from the summit is a possible deal to end the Korean War. North Korea has long demanded a treaty that may be aimed at getting U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and, eventually, paving the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.
Speculations and prognostications aside, the road ahead for this meeting is extremely rocky. Kim is volatile, as we have seen in recent months, and could throw a temper tantrum at any moment. Our President speaks his mind, and will be a formidable person for Kim to deal with.
Historic is an understatement.