President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore on Sunday to prepare for their landmark meeting, which will take place Tuesday.
The summit, which will be the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, aims to reach a denuclearization agreement for the Korean Peninsula. If it works, the meeting will alter global security and go down in history as President Trump’s crowning achievement.
The Kim regime on Monday announced its agenda for the summit, which includes denuclearization and a permanent peace treaty between North and South Korea. According to state-run news agency KCNA, the summit will address “wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and other issues of mutual concern.”
Kim in recent months has suggested a willingness to give up his nukes, but his demands on the matter remain unclear. In a show of good faith, the regime released three US citizens who had been held hostage in North Korea and blew up its main nuclear test site.
Kim is scheduled to depart Singapore just five hours after the summit begins.
President Trump, on the other hand, has portrayed the summit as a “get to know you” meeting that will not result in a concrete deal. Denuclearization is something that will “take a period of time,” he said. “At a minimum, I do believe, at least we’ll have met each other. Hopefully, we will have liked each other and we’ll start that process.”
Trump on May 24th canceled the summit due to “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the Kim regime. The meeting was rescheduled after Trump met with diplomat Kim Yong-chol and after Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim also met with Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, who said the Administration’s “ultimate objective” of denuclearization hasn’t changed.
According to former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, all we can really expect from the meeting are moves towards denuclearization and towards a peace treaty. “Number one is going to be something very large and symbolic that relates to the Korean War and how we can just tie a bow on that conflict and hopefully shut it down. And then secondly, it’s the far more tactical operational level of technical issues to do with denuclearization, specifically the weapons program that North Korea currently has and the ballistic missile technology,” Gorka told Fox News.
“We have the potential now to go from fire and fury with regards to this issue to peace and prosperity,” added Gorka. There “couldn’t be bigger stakes than that.”
Editor’s note: If this works, the world changes.