February 25, 2024

The Kim-Trump Singapore summit: How did we get here?

The road to the historic meeting has seen its fair share of ups and downs

With the turbulent diplomacy and summitry of the past few months leading up to Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit, the headlines have sometimes felt like they are repeating themselves. "The summit is off," "The summit is on," "Kim Jong Un meets X," "Y condemns Z." Negotiation teams are meeting in – where? Singapore? The DMZ? Wait, which secret summit was that?

Barring a secret meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the eve of the official June 12 summit, the main event is finally set to begin at 0900 local time June 12 at the Capella Hotel, on a small island on the southern tip of the small island city-state of Singapore.