Will Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting put a stop to all the tweets, nuclear threats and extremely large envelopes?
A rather tumultuous G7 summit concluded this week with Donald Trump speaking openly against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “dishonest and weak”. Trudeau hosted the summit in Canada which brought the world leaders of Japan, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, and the US together to discuss trade, among other things.
But, Mr Trump is now straight off to Singapore where he is due to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un at 2am UK time on Tuesday. Will this meeting put an end to their reckless brinkmanship or will it escalate into all out nuclear war?
From summit to sea
Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un is certain to be explosive. Whether that’s figurative or literal, however, remains to be seen. Trump announced just this afternoon that he’s taking his nuclear button along with him to the meeting. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, is travelling to Singapore with a button that could put an end to the world as we know it.
Donald will be “alone in a room with the North Korean dictator, aside from translators, for up to two hours” according to The Mirror if all goes to plan. What’s less clear is how easily Kim can access his own nuclear arsenal.
Kim mentioned earlier in the year that he has his own nuclear button “on the desk” of his office, only for Trump to, rather diplomatically, reply, “”I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
It’s exchanges like this that are probably best kept to Twitter rather than in a room with two fully armed nuclear buttons, that if pressed, would see the entire earth crumbling into the sea.
Pushing the right buttons
Tuesday’s summit, if it takes place, will make history as the first meeting between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea. The meeting seemed unthinkable just months ago when the two leaders were exchanging ‘threats’ over social media but their meeting is now mere hours away.
According to CNN, the official North Korean news agency have said that Kim is ready to talk about “denuclearisation” to help ensure a “durable peace”. Trump himself has suggested that Kim has a “one-time shot” to make history and do right by the people of North Korea.
The pair, the most unlikely of diplomats, could mark the end of years of tension between the two nations which included unauthorised missile tests, threats of military action and many botched attempts at diplomacy.
Following the meeting, there’s a chance that Trump could invite Kim to the US, raising the possibility of Trump being invited to Pyongyang some time in the future. That is, if Trump can push the right buttons.