For at least two decades, leaders in North Korea have been seeking a personal meeting with an American president. The rhetoric since Donald Trump took office made the likelihood of this happening an every-increasing distant reality – until now.
The US President has derided Kim Jong-Un as a “maniac,” referred to him as “little rocket man” and threatened in a speech last year to “totally destroy” North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it attacked the United States or one of its allies.
Kim responded by calling Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard”.
So the news of a possible summit between the two seemingly comes as a surprise – but is it? Not quite.