In May, North Korea and South Korea made history when North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met and stepped onto the other country’s soil as a symbolic step towards peace. It was a big moment for both countries—after all, for sixty-five years there have been on-and-off threats of war and tension between them.
Less than two months later, another historic meeting took place. Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore. What makes this a historic meeting? Although other sitting US presidents have been invited to meet North Korean leaders, none have actually accepted. What’s the big deal, you might be wondering? Well, the big deal is that North Korea has been relatively shut out from the rest of the world because of its desire to become a nuclear powerhouse. Despite signing agreements stating that they would eliminate nuclear weapons, they continued to build and test their nuclear weapons. The growing distrust of North Korea further added to the country’s isolation. That’s why when President Trump announced that he would be meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, the world was shocked. After all, they had recently been calling each other names and threatening to declare war on each other’s countries.
So, how did the summit go, and what was the purpose of the meeting in the first place? According to President Trump, the meeting went very well and he achieved what he set out to do, which was have Kim Jong-un sign an agreement to denuclearize. Critics, on the other hand, thought it was much ado about nothing and that the agreement lacked detail—when exactly is this denuclearization going to happen?