President Trump is now the only sitting US president to meet with a North Korean leader not just once, but twice. Now we bring you the US-North Korea Summit.
Correct. Cue North Korea starting to build up its nuclear program. Over the years, it has tested missiles and nuclear bombs – and threatened to use them on the US. Multiple US presidents have tried and failed to negotiate with the North. The North – which has been ruled by the Kim family for decades and views nuclear weapons as critical to propping up its regime – has never been fully willing to play ball. And things reached a new level of tense in 2017.
Not at all. The president of South Korea – a longtime US ally that also wants to be friends with the North again – pushed Trump and Kim to talk things out. And last year, the two agreed to meet. It was the first time a sitting US president met up with the leader of North Korea.
Decades of mistrust between the two. North Korea has been after the validation of a presidential meetup for years. But previous US presidents have always been wary that the North would ever truly commit to ending its nuclear program. So they held off on a face-to-face meeting. Until Trump decided to throw out the rule book and see if he could make a deal with the North. Leader to leader. They held their first summit in June 2018.
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