Historic Trump-Kim Summit: Everything You Need to Know Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet for their first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to meet on Tuesday in what will be the first meeting between leaders of the two countries who have been enemies since the Korean War.

Kim arrived in Singapore two days prior to their summit on Sunday and met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, thanking him for hosting and preparing this much-anticipated summit, as reported by Channel News Asia.

Trump too expressed his excitement on Twitter as he arrived in Singapore on Monday.

As the world prepares for this summit heralding a new era, here’s everything you need to know before the meeting takes place.

This summit is one of its kind because of the history of bitter relations between the two nuclear weapon holding countries.

According to the Arms Control Association, North Korea is estimated to have 10-20 nuclear warheads, the fissile material for an estimated 30-60 nuclear weapons, as well as advanced chemical and biological weapons.

Their withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003 has been greatly disputed. North Korea is also not a party to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The United States too possesses a substantial nuclear weapons arsenal and associated delivery systems and is one of the five nuclear weapon states recognized by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

The signing of these treaties and agreements state that the world has mutually agreed that there should be no nuclear states, and the existing nuclear states will not use their weapons, all for the sake of world peace. North Korea directly opposes these agreements and is the major cause of bitter relationships between the two countries.

In the past, the leaders of both these countries have been known to insult each other.

In response to the North Korean Ministry’s remark, “Reckless remarks by an old lunatic Trump will never scare us or stop our advance.” Trump tweeted:

Keeping in mind the history of personal comments between the two leaders, this meeting and their apparent “excitement” comes as a shock to many.

Commenting for the first time on the summit, North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency told Reuters, that the two sides would exchange “wide-ranging and profound views” to re-set relations. The discussion would focus on “the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern,” KCNA said.

A Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also told Reuters that the US side was entering the talks with a sense of optimism and an equal dose of skepticism given North Korea’s long history of developing nuclear weapons.

Nevertheless, both sides remain skeptical about this meeting as the outcome remains unpredictable given the volatile nature of the two leaders.

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