President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begin their historic summit today in Singapore, a meeting that could lead to peace between countries that have technically been at war for 68 years —or swiftly end in new recriminations.
Trump has said the public will be able to tell how the summit goes by what he says afterward. If he resumes talking about his “maximum pressure” campaign to squeeze Kim’s regime, he said Thursday, “you’ll know the negotiation did not do well.”
It would’ve been hard to imagine the two leaders reaching this point just nine months ago. Trump labeled the North Korean leader “Little Rocket Man” in a speech to the UN General Assembly. Kim then called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and a “frightened dog.” They threatened each other with nuclear war.
The stakes remain dizzyingly high and the developments are likely to come rapid-fire. Here’s a reader’s guide to some of the best analysis, commentary, and breaking news ahead of the Trump-Kim summit.