EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Kim Jong-un’s invitation to US President Donald Trump to hold a summit was a big surprise, as was Trump’s immediate acceptance. While the road to a nuclear agreement will be difficult because of two decades of North Korean violations of understandings and agreements, the summit could nevertheless have dramatic ramifications for world and regional politics.
On March 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump received an invitation to a summit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to be held by May. He accepted it immediately.
As is characteristic of Trump, he was apparently shooting from the hip, as then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the president had not consulted with him before accepting. (This must have been particularly galling, as, at the end of 2017, Tillerson held secret contacts with North MORE: The Trump-Kim Jong-un Summit: Nuclear Disarmament for Regime Survival?