President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, will have their second face-to-face meeting later this month in Vietnam. It follows their historic summit in Singapore last June, during which they agreed to work towards the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula. However since that meeting – the first between a US president and a North Korean leader – the two sides have expressed different views on what the phrase actually means and talks have stalled. What happened in Singapore? As Mr Trump told it, “we fell in love”. The president and Kim were seen laughing over lunch before unveiling a four-point plan. The agreement, no more than a sentence per bullet point, offered only vague ambitions without a fixed timetable to achieve it. It also did not specify in which order the points would be tackled. North Korea has chosen to focus on the first two, establishing new relations and a lasting peace regime, while the US has honed in on the third – the pledge to work towards complete denuclearisation. In the eight months that have passed since the meeting there have indeed been some signs of progress on the Korean peninsula. Some remains of American… Read full this story
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